We have all heard the phrase "home is where the heart is." While this is true, when buyer’s commit to buying a home, they often fall in love too easily. Many end up regretting the decision to say “I do” because they didn’t realize house hunting should be a matter of the head too. COListings wants to make sure you avoid heart ache and a broken bank with these 5 steps toward healthy house hunting.
Love Your Agent
When you are making one of the biggest purchases of your life, you should have a trusted professional on your side. Do you have an agent that you know is the one? One that you can trust, one that has your best interests in mind and asks the right questions to get you into a home that you will love? If not, you could face heart ache during and after the process.
In this hot market, it is easy to jump at a house just to get a contract accepted. But, you need take a step back and slow down the courtship. Are you overpaying for the home? Are there any red flags? Does it meet the list of your needs, wants and must haves? If not, you need to accept that it isn’t meant to be and you need to keep searching.
Another way to avoid heartache is to make sure you look outside the walls of the home. The neighborhood you are going to be a part of should be a big factor in your decision to move to a certain area. Meet your potential neighbors and get a feel for what it is like at different times of the day. Don't forget to consider the location, crime rates and the amenities that are important to you.
Remove The Rose Colored Glasses
There are many factors that you might not consider when looking through rose colored glasses. The first being the condition of the home. It is hard to look past a house in showing mode to consider any issues with the home. It is important to involve an inspector to make sure these things are being looked at objectively.
It is important to know what you can quality for before you start house hunting. This will keep your feet on the ground and keep you from falling for a home that is out of your price range. In addition to a mortgage, home ownership comes with additional expenses. Those expenses vary based on the home you are looking at. These can include everything from higher utility bills, higher tax bills, HOA dues, increased landscaping costs, as well as needing to have cash on hand for unexpected repairs. Before you even start looking at houses, you need to have a clear idea of what you can really afford so that you don't get in over your head.
Listen to your head, your heart, and reach out to the agents with COListings who can help make sure you have a long and lasting relationship with your new home.