Remember when you were in high school? You dated - maybe you fell heavily in like - you might even have thought that you were "in love" but most of you knew that you were not really in love. The likelihood was pretty strong that you would not marry that boy (or girl) that made your heart beat faster at the sound of hello or the touch of a hand.
You knew that that stage of your life - the high school dating stage - is devoted to trying on different people - and to finding out who you really were. It is a wonderful period of self discovery that cannot - or at least should not - be rushed. You also knew that it was ultimately only dating. You were not looking for the love of your life - high school is not the time to find the love of your life - it is a time for self discovery. Most of us know the expression - Marry in haste- repent in leisure!
I tell my buyer clients that before they can seriously start looking at homes, that they have to go through the equivalent period of house hunting. They have to look for a few weeks in a dispassionate manner. They have to try on neighborhoods, home styles, school districts, and grocery stores. They have to see if they are condo people or townhouse or splits in the suburbs. Do they need to be within walking distance of the metro (or T if you live in Boston) or are they okay with a 30 minute commute?
Only after a week or two of exploring their pre-conceived wants and needs within the context of the real market, do we get serious about looking for that dream house. After they have seen an assortment of houses in the early weeks they have a much better sense of what is a good house for them. They know what prices are like in the areas they want to live in. They have a refined sense of what they are looking for. Then when the perfect house comes along, they know it -and they are prepared - and confident - to pull the trigger and make a strong offer that is more likely to get them the house of their dreams. By slowing it down in the beginning, we are ready to go - full speed ahead - when it really matters - and there is a lot less buyer remorse - because they know the market and their own minds.
Another benefit is that by my encouraging them to go slow in the beginning, my clients know that I am not just looking at them as a commission check that I am trying to cash as quickly as possible. They understand that their interests are my interests.
If you are in the market for a new home in the DC metro area, give the Lise Howe Group of Keller Williams Capital Properties a call at 240-401-5577. When you use us to find your new home, you will be pleased to find out that the transaction is "all about you!"