Falling in Love is Wonderful! So says Seth Godin!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

Falling in Love Is Wonderful!

A couple of days ago, Seth Godin wrote a blog about buying a house. He called it "How to Buy a House" and started it off with, "Actually, how to think about buying a house." He went on to talk about the "…enormous social pressure and the expectations that come with…." being in the market for a house, and gave some great advice to people thinking about buying.

Blueprints and house

I couldn't resist – I had to write him a fan letter. This may be my favorite post of Seth's so far. He reminds the reader that, "A house is not just an investment, it's a place to live." And, "You shouldn't fall in love with a bond or a stock or a piece of gold…" but "…you just might fall in love with a house."

Falling in love is wonderful!

Family at fence in front  of house

No question, buying a home is an emotional decision. Even if you find everything you think you want – the right neighborhood, the right school, the right number of bedrooms, the right look, the fireplace, the gardens, the garage, the man cave, even the lower level ping pong room – it still may not be right. It's like when you were dating. He looked right, was tall enough, good sense of humor, good education, your friends liked him…but something was missing. I think we call it chemistry. The same is true with the house - you gotta fall in love!  Falling in Love is Wonderful!

Birdhouse homeIn his blog Seth cautions against buying too much house or falling under the spell of great marketing and being pressured into paying too much for a house. He reminds his readers to step back when looking at a house, to take out the investment aspect, and just look at it as a house you love, then decide.

Falling In Love Is Wonderful!

As seasoned agents, we can see when a house is right, when a house just fits. We can just look at the buyer’s face, listen to the chemistry, and we know. It may not be exactly what they described, but it is exactly what they want.

Falling in Love is Wonderful!

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Comments (58)

Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

This is one of my favorite posts of yours, too. I think getting ready for the Prom is like getting a house ready for the market. You wouldn't forget to do this and neglect to do that when you are getting spruced up for the Prom. Same idea with getting a home ready for the market.

Apr 23, 2010 12:23 PM
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

This is so true.  I think I'll like Seth's post too. 

Apr 23, 2010 02:37 PM
Timo Yannopoulos
Platinum Realty Licensed in Missouri - Kansas City, MO
Buying and Selling Kansas City Homes

True story that we all experience, I am always watching for the flashing eye and floppy waggly ears. Then I know they are in love. Lol

Apr 23, 2010 02:57 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Melissa, He did write back,

Dee Dee, Thank you,

Penny, We just have to be aware of their needs,

Tammie, You are good at this business.

Jo, Good way of "listening".

Pat, Maybe next year it will be back on the market at a reasonalble price..keep looking.

James, Never talked about the "shakes" ..will have to give it a try.

Donna, Win Win usually works.

Cheryl, Now that sounds like a good post you to write.

Joetta, He has a lot of good ones.

Timo, And how about the wagging "tale"?

Apr 23, 2010 04:02 PM
Dana Voelzke
loanDepot (203) 733-9408 - Bethel, CT
Loan Officer/ First time home buyer specialist

Hi Margaret,

I saw that blog post and forwarded it to a few clients. I was glad to see that he mentioned that the listing agent works for the seller. There was a lot of helpful insight in there. Great post!

Apr 23, 2010 04:40 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Dana, Thanks for taking time to stop by.

Your comment reminded me to forward this post to Seth.

Apr 23, 2010 05:27 PM
Chris Wechner
CW Health Inc - Waterford, MI

Even if I didn't like Seth Godin, I'd like this post. This makes a good point about the biggest EMOTIONAL purchase most people will ever make.

Apr 24, 2010 02:40 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Like so much in life, we tell ourselves it's our heads making the decision, but at the cellular level, it's all emotion...that's where the decisions live!

Apr 24, 2010 01:28 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Chris ,

This is a big emotional as well as financial decision. You better be in love.. when you figure... a big portion of most people's pay checks go right to the mortgage.

 

Apr 24, 2010 01:35 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Li, Had to go to your profile to find your name..which rhymes with Lee. Thanks for stopping by.

Margaret

 

Apr 24, 2010 01:36 PM
Mary Jo Quay
EXP Realty - Minneapolis, MN
I Move You Home

We hear so much that Gen X and Gen Y have made home buying a commodity and that it has just become a financial investment that it is easy to forget that there is still a very emotional investment as well. Investors fall in love with profit and not a property.  Gen Y has been told to hunt for the deal, but at the end of the day, they want to go to a home they love and are proud of. 

Apr 24, 2010 04:38 PM
Jirius Isaac
Isaac Real Estate &TriStar Mortgage - Kenmore, WA
Real Estate & loans in Kenmore, WA

It is great when the buyer falls in love.  But it doesn't always happen.

Apr 24, 2010 04:46 PM
Donna Johnston
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Charlotte, NC

Wow Margaret, when I grow up I want to be like you!! So many responses to your posts. I happen to be in love with Seth Goldin and read his blog daily. I have always said were looking for a home not just a house. Thanks for sharing.

Apr 25, 2010 04:50 AM
Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD

Margaret,

Seth Godin makes plenty sense. Above all, a home is supposed to be a place to live in and enjoy everything that comes with it. You could fall in love with it, too. When selling, if it yields some nice appreciation that's a bonus.

Apr 25, 2010 11:28 AM
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

That is a great point to keep in mind.  Too many people fail to realize that a house is where they live.  It is an investment but more importantly it is where your family lives.

Apr 26, 2010 05:59 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Mary Jo,Jirius,Donna, Esko and Damon,

To say I am bit late responding would be an understatement. Thank you all and I will be visiting your blogs.

Margaret

 

Aug 18, 2010 11:34 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Margaret, 

Seth is right - a shouse is more than an investment - it is your home! Nice Blog!

Aug 12, 2017 09:59 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® It is your home and this is from ten years ago.

Aug 12, 2017 10:03 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Wow Margaret you wrote this in 2010!  I had to buzz over from Praful Thakkar reblog and tell you - I love this post!!  Hope you're having a great weekend!!

Aug 12, 2017 01:50 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRSt    In the past seven years, things have not changed regarding  finding the perfect house.

Aug 12, 2017 05:47 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Nope and never will!  It is like falling in love!

Aug 12, 2017 05:58 PM