Don't Make This Mistake when Looking to Buy a Home

Real Estate Agent with Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, TREC #0492321

Now that the weather is turning around in Texas, you might be thinking about starting the home search process. Once you’re viewing homes in person, you may be tempted to fall into the trap that ensnares many buyers: letting relatively small flaws or easy fixes influence your decision about a home. Vetoing homes because of patchy yards or outdated fixtures can lead to months of frustrated searching and a shorter and shorter list of potential properties.


Remember, we are presently in a seller’s market in many of our communities in and around the city. Those few homes that appear to be in perfect condition will most likely have buyers competing with multiple offers.


It’s typical to encounter properties with minor cosmetic issues—these shouldn’t be confused with major issues such as a cracked foundation or leaking roof that can take significant time and financial investment to address. Squeaky doors, faded carpet, or paint colors that aren’t your favorite are much easier to handle. Even outdated fixtures, appliances, and kitchens counters can be replaced.


Some of these homes may be a perfect fit for an FHA 203K rehabilitation loan. Sellers may even be willing to offer buyer concessions to address some of these minor cosmetics repairs. Plus, you won’t be competing with other buyers in this present seller’s market.


If you reject a home simply because of issues like these, your Texas REALTOR® will remind you that these are quick fixes that allow you to personalize the home. You may even be able to turn outdated or unattractive features into negotiating points.​ It’s in your best interest to see past those small concerns and take in the whole picture of what could be your dream house.


Contact Jerry today, and let’s find your next home or your first home. Search my website for all the Homes For Sale In and Around San Antonio.


Comments (6)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Jerry... great advice on why not to sweat the small stuff! No such thing as total perfection in any home.

Apr 22, 2019 10:54 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Yes, Nina Hollander I have given this advice to many home buyers, but first time home buyers keep wanting to find that perfect home, or they don't want to do any extra work to bring a home up to their standards.

Apr 22, 2019 11:00 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Don't sweat the small stuff! People often have a hard time with this when they move to a different part of the country Jerry Newman . During our oil boom people moving here from areas that were in a depression thought they could come in and purchase a home at half it's value and insist on the home being perfect (after all that is how it was back home).

Apr 22, 2019 11:42 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Yes, Bob "RealMan" Timm I can image who those buyers were trying to steal a good home for half the price. Buyers sometimes want to make a big deal out of that "small stuff". 

Apr 22, 2019 03:39 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jerry just wanted to stop in and mention it has been too long since we connected, now with that said, loved your post, Endre

Apr 22, 2019 11:56 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Thanks, Endre Barath, Jr. Yes. It has been awhile, and I am glad to hear from you. Wishing you the BEST in the Beverly Hills area. 

Apr 23, 2019 07:23 AM