Should You Buy the First House You See in Roseville?

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

In one of my articles about buying a home on TheBalance, you will read about the Red Shoes concept of home buying. Women know what I'm talking about. You go into a mall to buy a pair of red shoes. Oh, my gosh, you cannot believe your good luck because right there in front of you in a display case is a pair of the most beautiful red shoes you've ever seen in your life.

It fits all of your criteria. The right fabric. Perfect shade of red with a hint of blue. You love the style of the shoe. Further, the heel height is perfect for you. Most surprising of all, it is comfortable. Because you know you will wear a pair of uncomfortable shoes that pinch your toes, bind your feet and hurt every step of the way, and guess what? These don't hurt your feet. So, do you buy them?

Ha, ha, ha. No, the story goes on to suggest you will feel the need to visit every other shoe store in the mall first. When you are finally satisified at the end of the afternoon that those first pair of shoes were absolutely perfect, and you were a complete idiot to spend all of that time running from store to store when the shoes you love were right there in front of you; in fact, you say to yourself at least you know for certain now, there is no doubt left lingering in your mind that you had found the best pair of red shoes to buy when you walked into the mall. As though that somehow rationalizes your irrational actions.

Which means you hurry back to that first store. What? The shoes are sold? How could that happen? They were your shoes!

You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Story of Buying a Home in Roseville After an Open House.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
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I hate shoe shopping, Elizabeth, more than anything (well, maybe shopping for bras is about a bad). So I'd never go out comparison shopping if the first pair I saw were perfect. As for a house... I've always believed that deep down houses "speak" to people and they typically know "it's the one." So I start each buyer relationship by telling my clients I give them permission to buy the first house they see.

Jul 29, 2018 11:46 AM #1
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Nina Hollander Not all of us, granted, are shoe-aholics.

I think the nagging question buyers face is this: What if I find something I like better?

Well, that could be said about marriage prospects, career choices, travel plans. There is always the road not taken.

Jul 29, 2018 03:07 PM #3
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Hi Elizabeth- I get it!  I know that if I were looking for a house, I'd be concerned about buying the first house I saw-big investment and all- but on the other hand, I would hate the feeling of having just lost the house I really felt was THE ONE. 

Jul 29, 2018 04:49 PM #4
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Elizabeth... fortunately I am very decisive and don't suffer from FOMO. 

Jul 30, 2018 04:15 AM #5
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Joan Cox
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Elizabeth, I have had buyers purchase the first house they saw.  I did show a few more, but they ended up with that first house.

Jul 30, 2018 06:31 AM #6
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Kathy Streib When we first moved to Sacramento, we lost out on a house because our agent was not very aggressive. A house in Midtown. The home in Midtown was brand new. When I looked at that home, I tried to imagine it with worn carpeting, dings in the granite, smudges on the cabinets, you know, the way it would look in 5 years. Softened the blow when we didn't get it.

Now I drive by that row of newer homes near the Capitol and am very glad I didn't buy. All of those newer homes look like dumps now. Plus, some carried low-income restrictions, which would have been a material fact and would have made me stop the purchase right there anyway. Sad fact is those drag the value of others nearby. Much as we need affordable housing.

Jul 30, 2018 08:00 AM #7
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Nina Hollander Oh yes, FOMO. I don't suffer from it, either. No problem making major life-altering decisions.

Jul 30, 2018 08:02 AM #8
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Joan Cox I know back in the day when I used to show houses and work with buyers (as you know, I work with sellers now), I would show the home I thought they would want to buy first. Because they will compare every other home to it. Like their baseline.

Then I could come back around after I showed everything else and ask if they would like to re-visit.

Jul 30, 2018 08:03 AM #9
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When you find the right home for you, it's time to make a deal.  Don't overthink it.  Sure you can go around and shop and make sure this wonderful home you've found is better than everything else out there, but just like your shoe story, by the time you have done the verifying, the house you wanted is gone.  If you like it and want to live there, that's all the verifying you need.  

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I warn buyers of the fear of missing out, Elizabeth! If not, they'll go through those very motions - "what if..." and in this crazy market, you HAVE to make a decision and you have to make it RIGHT NOW!

We have this conversation before ever getting into the car and I haven't had a FOMO buyer in a very long time as a result of that short conversation! 

On a side note - I'm 6'1" with BIG feet and finding a pair of glorious red shoes is REALLY a find for me! So, when I find them, I can't pay for them fast enough! There's not further mall shopping needed...at least for shoes! 

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