Cincinnati Home Buying Tip #13 - "Is This The One?"

Real Estate Agent with Comey & Shepherd Realtors

As you look at different homes, you're always wondering "is this going to be the one"?

"Is this the home that I'll fall in love with and live in for many years?"

Whether you've looked at 5, 10, 20 or more homes, you'll always wonder if you're picking the right property for you.

One of the ways to help you compare is to set up a rating system. On a scale of one to ten, how do you rate each home?

I always tell clients anything less than a 5 means 'run away'. If you pick the numbers 6 or 7, it means that the property is ok or nice, but if someone else bought it tomorrow, you wouldn't be upset. If you rate a home an 8 or 9, that's one you should seriously consider making an offer on.

Also, it's okay if your spouse, significant other or friend disagrees with you by putting a different number value on the property. You each have your own opinions and you need to talk out what's the most important to each of you. All properties have pros and cons to varying degrees, so don't let that stop you.

By the way, I haven't seen a 10 yet. You may think the home you're choosing is a 10 and that's fine, but no home is perfect.

Another factor you need to consider is there's more than one home that's 'right' for you, because if you're looking at homes right now or you decide to look at homes a year from now, the same homes are not going to be for sale on the market. (At least, not usually unless there's something seriously wrong with them.)

So you need to consider the criteria that's important to you as you go through different homes and see what best matches what you want in a home.

I've told clients that many times the right home will "smack them in the face" when they pull up out front or walk inside. You'll know it in your gut when it's the right one for you. You'll go "WOW"...this is it!

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Kevin McGrath
Long & Foster Real Estate Companies- Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania - Fredericksburg, VA
Long & Foster Real Estate Companies
I like the numbering system too. I find that the only challenge is still so much inventory; it is a whole extra job just keeping track of what they liked and did not like.
Feb 07, 2008 07:44 AM #1
Nancy Brenner
Referral Associates of Georgia, Inc. - Roswell, GA
Roswell Georgia Real Estate Agent

Dan - When I moved to the Atlanta area in 2003, we looked at close to 80 houses in a 3 month period before we walked into the house that became our home.  I distictly remember 'the feeling' of being home as we walked thru the front door for the first time.  It's this personal experience that gives me patience when taking clients out to see houses.  When I see their frustration after looking at several houses, and not finding 'the one', I too, tell them that they will know it when they are 'home'

Great post.

Feb 07, 2008 06:40 PM #2
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