8 Lies We Tell Ourselves When Shopping for Real Estate

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Home Buyers Realty BRE 01247457

The process of buying a home can be exciting, complicated, and a bit scary. A home is usually a person’s biggest investment, and the process of choosing the right one—then packing up and moving—can be overwhelming and exhilarating at the same time.

There are many thoughts that go through a person’s head when they’re shopping for real estate. Some of the things we think about are price, location, and the effect that moving will have on our lives, our careers, and our children’s well-being.

But along with these considerations come other less-than-honest thoughts, known as lies…lies we tell ourselves in order to feel better. There is, of course, nothing wrong with this since nearly everybody does it, so if you’ve been lying to yourself during your real estate transaction, don’t feel bad!

Here are eight lies we like to tell ourselves when we’re shopping for real estate:

1. I’m going to stick to my price range

I know it’s 20k more than I planned to spend, but it’s perfect.


2. It doesn’t bother me that they didn’t accept the offer

Good, I didn’t want it anyway. I don’t care about that gorgeous entryway, or that breathtaking view. Doesn’t bother me at all…


3. I’m fine with whatever my partner decides

Sure Matt, let’s buy a 3,000 square foot man-cave. I support you. Great idea!


4. I’m not going to compare these houses to the multi-million dollar ones

I swear I haven’t been up until 2 in the morning looking at million dollar mansions.


5. Having to do a bunch of renovations doesn’t sound so bad

Sure, let me just whip out my tool belt and get to work.


6. The house will still be available in a few days

There’s no way someone will make an offer before I get a chance to… aaaaand it’s gone.


7. I’m going to be patient about this whole process

I’m not in a rush… I don’t have to move… Definitely gonna take my time looking… Y’know what, I don’t want to be looking at houses forever, let’s just put an offer in on this house.


8. I don’t need an agent to help me

I can figure everything out on my own. There’s no need for an experienced professional who knows how everything works to help me…


Comments (13)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

HaHa... so true!  Can you reduce the white space between the text and gifs?

Mar 03, 2021 08:40 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

This was GOOD, and the first comment is usually the complete lie!  

Mar 03, 2021 09:08 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Ron Cedillo - thanks for that bit of humor.  It makes the point.

Mar 06, 2021 04:30 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Haha. The funniest thing is I have actually heard several of these!

Mar 06, 2021 05:33 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Ron. Yep, have heard them all over the years and still do. Enjoy your day. 

Mar 06, 2021 07:24 AM
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

Every one of them true!

Mar 06, 2021 09:03 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ron Cedillo - I enjoyed your post emensly!  Thank you!  I was told one time by a broker, "buyers are liars and sellers are worse".  For some reason that stuck with me!

Mar 06, 2021 11:34 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Ron Cedillo very cute especially in today's market -Glad Carol Williams  featured this post

Mar 06, 2021 01:19 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Love it & they are all true!

Mar 11, 2021 07:34 AM
Winifred Smith, CRB SFR AHWD RENE
RE/MAX Advance Realty - Kendall, FL
VP - Training & Education

Hahaha!  I bought my first home before I was licensed and knew better.  I told my Realtor that I was ONLY looking in a specific neighborhood to be close to Mom, I wanted an Old Spanish home, with hardwood floors and a fireplace.  I bought a FSBO built in 1966, 15 miles south of Mom.  The only criteria it matched was the hard wood flooring.  AND, it was "updated" by the seller's Uncle Pepe to add a laundry room that was not tied into the rest of the home, and windows held in by 2 screws.  It blew away in Hurricane Andrew.  Did I need a Realtor?  Serves me right!

Mar 12, 2021 09:44 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

A few of these made me chuckle!  Another lie could be: I am going to find the perfect house in my price range...HAHA.  Thanks for the fun graphics too.

Mar 13, 2021 11:15 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thanks for the chuckle today!  Spot on!

Mar 19, 2021 12:56 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Very entertaining and spot on! Thanks for the chuckle, and it's true! Those are all lies buyers tell themselves when shopping for a home.

Jul 23, 2021 02:46 PM