Almost 80% of all home searches begin on the internet. In 10 seconds you can find a plethora of websites with virtual tours, photos of homes for sale, neighborhood information, tax records and mortgage information. Once you have made the decision and weighed the benefits of home ownership you have probably also imagined what type of home you'd like to buy, the area you want it in and the price range you want to stick to. When you reach the point you are ready to select an agent you are halfway to your goal of homeownership. That was easy right? Not exactly, it's the next half that's most important and can make or break your goal.
How Long Should It Take To Buy A Home?
A motivated buyer will find a home in 2 weeks. I don't recommend looking at more than 7-9 homes in one day. It's physically possible to do more but, after 7-9 the homes start to run together and your brain goes on overload forgetting what you liked and disliked about the homes. An expert agent will make sure you listen to your wants and needs upfront during a consultation and keep you focused on homes that meet those needs. After you leave a house give it a rating using a 1-10 scale and jot down notes about it.
Go Back For Second Showings
After you have looked at homes for a few days revisit your notes and extract the top 3-4 homes you like. At this point you'll probably have it narrowed down to 1 or 2 that you would like to make an offer on. Go back for a second showing, you'll notice things you overlooked before. This will help you decide which home you want to put a contract on. Your agent should also call the listing agents to get more information about the property you want to make an offer on. Specifically how motivated is the seller, have any offers come in between the time you saw the home and now and if so is there a deadline to submit an offer.
I Want To Make An Offer
If you are out on the first day and find a house that "fits" perfectly don't pass it up. Agents gather your criteria before going out to see houses on purpose, it sets guidelines and helps you stay focused on what you want. When you find it, act on it - I can guarantee if you don't someone else is out looking with the same criteria who will.
Want To Know A Secret?
I generally know the home a buyer is going to select before they are ready to make an offer. I imagine that most other successful agents do too; it's a sixth sense, a hunch if you will. However, it's my job to guide you through the home buying process and insure you are confident in the house you select not select a house for you. That's the fun part, enjoy it rely on your agent to handle the behind the scenes work for a smooth transaction.