For the first time since joining the Aussie Real Estate Team, which was in January of 2013, I have finally ventured into the world of showing houses! And of course, I am thrilled about being in production and meeting our clients face to face.
That being said, my first showing was rather crazy. Before Kasia and I could even get to the first house, we got pulled over by the highway patrol. I was eager to meet up with our clients, so I'm positive I was speeding; especially since the only thing running through my mind was "I gotta go, gotta go, gotta gooo!" Despite feeling antsy, Kasia and I couldn't help but laugh. And I'm sure the officer got a kick out of us too, considering our relentless selfies while waiting for him to finish.
Naturally, being late to our first showing set back our timeline for the houses we had lined up. At first, I thought that might be an issue, I mean, less time for the same amount of showings? Problematic, right? Think again! As any seasoned real estate professional will confess, when buyers look at houses, there are typically two reactions: “I love this!” or “Next!”I can easily say that the latter keeps us on track.
After looking at houses for 4 hours, the buyers were worn out and realized that looking at houses isn't too fun. And I completely understand that; you're deciding your future! It can be challenging, but the reward is indescribable. But yes, house shopping can be no bueno--mainly when one particular decision has to be made. After the dust has settled from a hectic showing schedule, I like to ask, :based on what we saw today, are there any you would make an offer on?" Or, "Based on the area that we have seen today, is this still somewhere you want to live?"
Those two simple questions say it all. From the agent's perspective, we don't want to burn you out by dragging you to 12 house per day for an entire week. I love being able to help my clients limit their selection or look in an entirely different category. In doing so, I know that a great decision is on its way.
Keeping this in mind, I decided to make a list of things to do to make sure you don’t come to dread the home buying process: