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When You Find the House, Don't Fall in Love at First Sight Unless you Want a Broken Heart!

Real Estate Agent with Cypress Residential Group
If I had a real estate diary, the topic of avoiding real estate heartbreak may be the most important chapter in my diary! I truly say this time and time again and you might think it sounds silly but don't fall in love too soon! I mean, who doesn't fall in love at first sight with their dream home?! Trust me, I know, it is easy to do. But my advice to you is try your best NOT to fall in love!

So here's the story:  we have house hunted and you found a great home - it has everything you want and more - and you're excited as all can be. You decide to make an offer.  We get the price & term negotiations squared away with the seller and now you are even more excited! You should be excited, as you are on your way to home ownership. 
At this point, I will let you *like* your home, but you can not *love* it just yet. Lets chill out for a bit and keep in mind that just because the house looks good on paper, and in your eyes, doesn't mean it truly is a good solid home. We need to have a complete home inspection before we allow ourselves to fall in love.

(My client Brian is an expert house buyer and looks for issues as we do a walk thru)

The home inspection is by far the most important and critical aspect of making sure your home is the right place and safe you and your family. With a home inspection, a licensed home inspector will spend several hours at the home and inspect the major systems in the home, the mechanicals, appliances, and the overall condition of the structure as well as look for health concerns and potential issues.

If the home gets a clean bill of health, good news! You can start to like the home a little bit more. If it does not get a clean bill of health, you must make a major decision - should you continue with the buying process (and deal with the issues on your own after purchasing) or withdraw your contract on the home.  Many hearts are broken during the inspection process and that is because the buyer fell in love too quick. 

So always remember, do not fall in love too quickly because you never know the full story about a home until after the home inspection. And if the home does not work out, hey, it wasn't meant to be and there are better homes out there for you.

Just a little *love* note from your favorite Realtor in Lexington!

Wishing you all my best! Reporting live here in Lexington, Kentucky! www.KimSoper.com!


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Kim Soper, REALTOR
Residential & Commercial Real Estate
Multi Million Dollar Producer
Relocation Specialist
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Keller Williams Bluegrass Realty
2424 Harrodsburg Road, Suite #101
Lexington, KY 40503
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Rob Lang
At Home Kansas - Shawnee, KS
Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home

Our emotions seem to take over our minds sometimes, I will have to pass this advice on to my clients.

May 11, 2010 03:12 PM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Glad to see you moving up in Active Rain. You're providing good information in your blogs.

A real licensed inspector would warn you to be very cautious of the pipes coming out of the basement wall in Video #1.  They're a sign that an old buried underground storage tank is likely in the yard outside.  Those can be costly to take care of, escpecially if they're leaking.  More information on Kentucky Underground Storage Tank rules and regulations can be found online at the website of the Underground Storage Tank Branch of the Division of Waste Mangement for the State of Kentucky.

The brick and rope in Video #2 is likely a homeowner's poor repair attempt of a chimney top damper chain.  Easily repaired by someone who knows what they're doing.





May 12, 2010 12:20 AM