My Own Personal Experience House Shopping in this market

Mortgage and Lending with HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) NMLS 248937


So I am about to be homeless.  My house is sold, closing soon and I cant find what I want in this crazy market.

Empathy... Let's say I have buckets full of it for my borrowers that are out hunting.


I have lost count of how many Houses we have seen but there are some stand out observations I have made as I hunt:

  • SELLERS - GET the heck out of your house for showings.  It is very uncomfortable to look at someones house when they are showing it to you.  A buyer needs to talk about the Pros and cons of your home as they are looking... Decide if it is a good fit for them.  The two occasions I have had where the seller is home showing me the crap I would tear out the first day I own it.... I rushed through and didn't take the time to picture living in the houses.  The ones where the seller was not present: My wife and I took out time, talking about how we could renovate to make it our own or giggle at the one with a prison toilet as a 1/2 bath... They joys you just cant have if the seller is in the way.
  • Pictures: AGENTS- Where the heck are the photos? Why are they so bad??? Show me the Darn house, and put them in a logical order. I have found myself looking at the Google street view which is often a better picture then the blurry crooked one you took with your flip phone. Also: I am a Guy- the guy stuff is important to me so I like to see pictures of the garage and basement, and perhaps the actual dimensions of the aforementioned manly spaces.... I cant be the only one.
  • Descriptions: Proof reading would be nice and perhaps actually describing the home rather then just restating the bath and bed count?  A 2 car driveway is not the same as a 2 car garage. Is it a Crawl, Basement or Slab?  Paint the picture for potential buyers.
  • Maps:  Now this may just be a NJ thing, but so often the map is wrong.  Quick tip here- people buy location - and if the location is wrong on the MLS it will either make people mad or may keep people from seeing it. Check your work before you submit the listing!
  • Clean the House!  Thankfully I have not come across this all that much, but one on Sunday- I'll just leave out the gory details but say- the bathrooms were worse than a bad gas station bathroom. (to be fair, most we have seen have been very clean)
  • Turn the lights on!  This goes for pictures as well. Most of us want a bright inviting home
  • Turn on The AC! Doesn't it work?  This is not a place to skimp when people are thinking about your house.

To Be Continued.... (Hopefully not for much longer!)


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Robert Rauf 
Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS# 248937 
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Since 1987 I have been helping my clients fulfill their dream of home ownership! HomeBridge Financial Services, Formerly REMN, HomeBridge Financial Services is located at 9 Grand Ave, Building 2 Suite A Toms River, NJ 08753. NMLS #6521. New Jersey Licensed Lender and Mortgage Banker #L041053. Visit for more information. NJ Mortgages, New Jersey Mortgages, Mortgages in NJ, mortgage in New Jersey, Mortgages in New Jersey, Toms River NJ 08753, Toms River NJ 08755, Brick NJ 08723, Brick NJ 08724 Mortgage in Ocean County NJ, Mortgage in Monmouth County NJ, Jackson NJ 08527, Howell NJ 07731, Lacey 08731 08734, Beachwood 08722 Bayville 08721, 

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Comments (4)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Robert - personal experience can be enlightening.  And frustrating. House shopping in difficult markets deserves hazard pay.   Treat yourself accordingly.  And good luck with your search.  

Sep 16, 2020 07:20 AM
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

Michael Jacobs - Downsizing is NOT easy!  I still want the big pieces of my house, just not as many of them.. and I am not at a point in life where I want to settle.  Moving is not fun!  Thanks for stopping by.

Sep 16, 2020 09:33 AM
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Being a buyer in this market, or a buyer's agent isn't much fun!  Good luck in your search.

Oct 01, 2020 05:10 PM
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

Susan Mangigian Thank you Susie!  it has been  a challenge for sure.  I am actually going to have to move in with my son until we find a house at this point

Oct 06, 2020 06:40 AM