When we start looking it takes about 8-10 homes on average before the buyer is ready to make an offer. A few buyers will look at dozens, but that's not because the Realtor isn't presenting houses that meet all the criteria, but rather because the buyer is evolving more slowly than most buyers do.
It takes a good half-hour to an hour, each, to look at the first few so the Realtor can get a good idea of your tastes and the priorities of your requested characteristics, like how many bedrooms, how many rooms, how big the master should be and the kitchen, how big the yard needs to be and other features. This is all on top of location and price. Once calibrated, the showings go more quickly. Based on the listing data, most homes can be eliminated or added to the list to see and 10 minutes will do the trick inside. But when you finally find one that seems to fit perfectly or nearly so, you will spend some time inside that house mentally fitting your furniture and lifestyle into it.
Should that be 10-12 or maybe it's 20 or more? There is no hard and fast rule. My buyers do average about 10, but we do spend time looking at listings on the web first. Have I shown more than 70 houses to a single buyer? Yes. Is that a lot? Yes, definitely. Is 13? Probably not. But you will get confused unless you make notes about each one - what was good about it, what was a turn-off, why you kept it or rejected it, when you see more than about a dozen.
You will also be learning things, like the advantage of one-story and two-story homes, terms like zoned air conditioning, island kitchen, jack-n-jill baths, laminate, vinyl, ceramic, wood, berber, GFCI, and so on. Some of which you know, but some will influence your thinking. You'll also see different styles of decoration and features, that you might not have run into before. You might also hear some estimates for changing things or repairing things. It's a journey, not really a final destination, until you are ready to decide and the Realtor knows you well enough to help you get there.
It sounds like your Realtor is having some trouble getting calibrated to what you want. It is possible that your opinions have changed somewhat as you started looking or it could be the Realtor doesn't relate to your situation. If you're not feeling comfortable working with that Realtor, discuss your concerns (it could have been a slip of the tongue). You may not be doing anything wrong. But write down all the things you want and then prioritize them, including maximum price, expected price, location, nearby facilities (schools, shopping), lot size, lot features, house features (rooms, bedrooms, room sizes, kitchen equipment and so on). This will help both you and the Realtor converge on your home.
If the Realtor is unwilling to adapt, then it's time to find a new one.
I fired a client once after I showed his wife and mother-in-law 30 homes and then re-showed him 20 or 30 of the same homes when he relocated to our area, then put in several offers and got accepted contracts that he found reasons to back out. I decided I was not the best person for him if I can't help him find what they wanted. He bought a home a few months later with another Realtor and I'm really glad for them!
Don't be discouraged. What is right for you is finding the right home. The best thing to do is is locate 2 or 3 you really like, and weigh the pros and cons of each by what is important to you. You may have to even put in a couple of offers that get passed up before you get to your home. DO NOT LET IT BOTHER YOU!
Stick it out, you'll be glad you persevered!
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I don't think 13 is a lot at all. You have to decide what is best for you. Don't feel rushed or pushed, but be diligent and when a home comes up that you really really like, make a good offer.
It's your biggest purchase and you should be happy.
Just like life, you have to live it on your time line, not someone elses.
Good luck out there.
A limit cannot be put on the number of homes needs to view in my opinion. I would PREFER that they only have to see a few as it makes my life AND theirs far more manageable. However, if takes 14 instead of 4, so be it.
We have those blissful transactions that go quickly and that is wonderful. That just frees up our time to tend to those who need a little more help in making their decision.
Wow. Thank you so much for all of your insight. We're already practicing some of the tips mentioned: research, list of priorities, notes, pics/video, and pros/cons spreadsheet.
RJ - We're mainly looking in The Colony but would also be happy in Lewisville and Carrollton.
Thank you again.
Im curious what area you are looking in?
Best of luck,
FYI I have read that 7 is the average amount of homes people will look at before they decide on one.
What a great question! Today buyers are using the internet to do some if not a lot of their own searches even before they speak with a realtor. It wasn't like that in the past. However, things continue to change. I am just guessing, but I think your realtor is trying to show you homes that fit your requirements only. If that is not the case then I would suggest that you sit back down with your realtor and go over what your expectations and requirements are. This will help both of you get on the same page. Some realtors don't like to show their buyers lots of homes all at one time because they feel that it may cause you to be confused of what you really want in a home. If you don't feel that you are seeing enough homes to make a decision then you should request to see some more. I believe that if the realtor has sat down with you before showing you any homes, then they should pick out a number of homes to show you based on your requirements. Hopefully, you will not need to see many homes if you and the realtor are on the same page. You could ask to see the listings via the internet before going to some of the listings to help you narrow down your search.
It has been my experience that looking at to many homes in a day can be quite confusing for my buyers and so I try to limit the number down so that I don't overload them with to many showings. However, if they want to see more homes in a day, I will make sure I sit back down with them so I can make sure I know what their requirements are. I do not want to show homes that won't match what they are looking for and waste their time. If you are looking to get into a home right away then a short sale situation will probably not work for you. Many of the short sales take considerable time to close and for those wanting to move quickly then this may not be the best route. I hope my opinion helped and thank you for allowing the realtor community to assist you.