What I find very interesting is how the dynamic changes with market conditions but also how the popularity of the internet among buyers has altered the process. Today's buyers do a great deal of their initial searching online, so that when they enlist the support of an agent, they tend to be pretty far along in the sales cycle. As a result I recognize that online buyers are close to ready, and the number of home we see together may be lower than in the past. Why? Because they have already "seen" many homes on line and are ready to really hone in on real contenders.
So it may take months and many homes - or it just may take days and only several. My recommendation is to align yourself with really good resources, tap their knowledge and expertise, and trust your own gut. Don't be afraid to act when you find "your home", whether it happens early on or after a long process. Patience is a quality that I think is worth putting on your "must have" list when you select an agent, just in case it takes a little while to find your home.
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On the other side of the coin, I have clients who I met 3 years ago, who are on again - off again buyers. Why do I stick with them? They are a lovely couple and really do want to purchase in the area we have been looking. They want to retire close to SF and are well qualified to do so. They allowed me to get them pre-approved and we are very close.
Pat, Agent Mountain Lakes, NJ