For example: Just this week a buyer went out at 10:30am. We finished looking at houses at 1:30pm. There was a total of 8 houses the buyer looked at. The one they decided on was the 4th house on the list. They put an offer in on the house and it was accepted. Another couple I worked with saw 46 houses before finding their right home.
Not knowing your situation, wants, needs or experience makes it difficult to find a solution for you. Try having further indepth conversation with your agent as well as yourselves. Maybe a second round of prioritizing what the important characteristics are will help your house hunting process.
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Just for your own knowlege, have your realtor find the homes for you that meet all your parameters except for price.
If you find that your "right house" may be more expensive than your pricing parameters warrant.
If this is the case, and if you find the house(s) that meets your other parameters, you may want to try to negotiate one of those houses to fit your budget today. There are a lot of motivated sellers out there who have the equity position to negotiate.
If you can not get your ideal within budget, then you may want to redefine your parameter ideal to get the closest to what you want.
Best of luck
If your agent is losing patience with you then you may not be working with the right person. I know that I look at my job as helping clients find the best house for them for their price range - an agent that is losing patience is probably not working with too many other clients to help offset income requirements and they may be focusing on the wrong reasons for your purchase. Have a heart-to-heart with your agent first and then evaluate based on how well that goes. It could be what you need to jump start your search and to get this person re-motivated to consider your needs and wants. Clearly, if you've been continuing to look you are earnest about your desire to purchase and you aren't just a "look-ee-loo". It sounds like some solid communication could really help you out right now.
There is not a specific timeline for finding the right home, but on an average I would venture to say that it is probably dependent upon your criteria and price range, not to mention what is available on the market.
Try to remember that there is most likely always going to be some fix or change that has to be done on a previously lived in home. Sometimes the fixes or concerns do not come up until inspection time and even then the majority of those can be fixed by the seller prior to escrow. Also, many times we do not know until we show you the home that you might find the stairs strange, the that you feel the neighborhood is busy. These are just part of the pains of shopping! Maybe you should reevaluate your criteria and pinpoint some of the must haves and then determine which ammenities are optional for your lifestyle. If your sensing inpatience in your Realtor, it's probably wise to sit down with your Realtor and see if you can change up some of the search criteria so you might be looking at a different set of homes. Sometimes a different area will yield the type of homes you had in mind, or perhaps a different floor plan gives an alternative to what you originally had in mind and just might offer the ammenities you needed. Explore all your options and possibilities but most of all communicate with your Realtor so you will be working together toward a common goal.
keep looking ...that house is out there just waiting for you to make it your own!
Ultimately, it is your money, spend it the way you want. There may or may not be some underlying psychological reason you haven't bought yet, but for whatever reasons you are exactly where you are suppose to be.
Also, the reason they call it a buyers market is because buyers get to be picky. When the selection of homes (sellers market) is low the buyers don't get to be near as picky. I can assure there are many markets in which buyers were forced into whatever they could get. It relates back to supply and demand.
I think what you are experiencing is typical in this market. There are some great deals out there so don't give up, you'll find the perfect one.
The problem sounds more like you have set your expectations too high for the price range you can afford. I would suggest you either stretch a bit and look at homes a little higher in price or broaden your search area a bit and be willing to drive a little further to get to work.
That said, be sure you are communicating well with your agent so she/he can direct you to the right kinds of properties. Then, ask for e-mail alerts that will inform you of prospective homes. Drive by them yourself, cross off those that don't work for you, then make an appointment for a private showing with a real estate agent who cares about your money as much as you do.