What To Do If You Think Your House Hunting Is Taking Too Long

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If you have ever gone house hunting then you know how easy it is to get overwhelmed by the hundreds of available homes on the market.  So what should you do?  Your head is telling you to look at everything because you might miss out on that perfect deal.  But your heart is telling you to hurry up and find your dream home so that you can finally get relocated.  

Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you narrow down your summer home search

• How long have you been looking for a new home?  Five weeks, five months, five years? How do you know how long is too long?  Well, if you have money saved and you have gotten your credit report in tip top shape, then now is the time to buy.  But sometimes it takes viewing several dozen homes and getting several offers rejected before you finally get the perfect deal.  This is completely normal so relax and enjoy the ride

• Re-evaluate your expectations.  If you keep looking at homes and are not finding anything that will work for you and your family, then talk to your realtor.  Schedule a meeting with your agent to discuss exactly what it is you are looking for and they will be able to get you back on track

• It's time to compromise.  You will more than likely not find a house with 100% of everything you want.  So make a list of the most important "must haves" and then pick the home that is the closest to having everything on your list.  Then anything else that comes after that is just gravy!

• Tune out the nay sayers! Everyone has an opinion about which house is best for you; how bad the repair issues are, how to negotiate the best deal, deciding for you what you can afford, telling you that you should be buying one of those dirt cheap foreclosures and how desperate the banks are to get rid of all those homes.  So what should you do with all of that advice?  Ignore it!  People who have not purchased a home in that neighborhood or perhaps have not bought a home in years are not the best authority on what is best for you.  Although they have good intentions, friends and family can unwittingly keep you from making your own decisions about what is best for you and your family and ultimately keep you from becoming a home owner

The best thing you can do to help your summer house hunting routine is to talk to your realtor.  Involve your realtor as much as possible.  Let your agent know exactly what you are looking for and they will give you a selection of homes to choose from that will meet your specifications.  Your realtor knows the area neighborhoods and the homes in those neighborhoods and they will be more than happy to point you in the right direction and help keep you on track.


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John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
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Peggy  I agree that they should talk to their Realtor.  If they are that difficult to please they should consider talking to an architect and realize the cost of 'building' their dream home.  That might help them realize compromise in not necessarily a bad thing!  Great blog and thanks for sharing.

May 31, 2013 01:25 PM #1
Peggy Harmeyer- Harmeyer Team
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Yes sometimes Compromise might be the way to get the home you want within your budget too! 


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