Such a personal decision, first of all you should by all means work with an experienced Realtor who loves to work with buyers, you need his/her expertise and market evaluations.... with the help of the
Realtor, your personal buyers agent, who will be working on your behalf and in YOUR best interest, to find the right home for you and guide you through the entire buying process paying attention to every detail, do not do this on your own.
If you need a recommendation, let me know what price range you are thinking, how large of a home or small you are looking for and which areas in the city you want to explore and I gladly connect you with
a good Buyers Agent for that area and your needs.
Now to your question how many, well I always tell my buyer clients, as many as it takes until you see
the perfect one for you, in general a buyer who is decided to buy, wants to buy or needs to buy will want to see a few different styles of homes, and during those showings will be able to tell his or her buyers agent what they like about this home and dislike about another, and as we all know no house
always offers everything, but the one that you fall in love with or that has the three or 4 items you
will not do without ... when you see it you will know and your Realtor after a while will have a very good feeling when previewing homes, that there is the one you should absolutely see...
But then everybody is different, some clients make a quick decision go out 2 or 3 times to see several homes, and decide, others take a few months.... it is a very personal way of deciding on the purchase of a home.
I found that the process can be shortened and time saved in two ways
a) sit down and communicate well with your Realtor, (I often have husband and wife write two different lists of what they absolutely must have, those are often different, and then it can be discussed what
both MUST have
b) I found it very helpful with my buyers, to offer them a full or half day home viewing tour in the beginning stages i.e. seeing several homes during one afternoon, it is easier to then compare one
to the other, as the impressions are still fresh. After one or two of those tours my buyers usually
can change some of their must haves and do not care lists and we are off and running and I can as their buyers agent preview homes and call them when I see something that could work for them.
Hope this helps you a little, and let me know if I can help with recommending to you a good Buyers Agent (By the way no fee to you, just your loyalty and commitment to just ONE Realtor is required as they usually with listings by a brokerage / mls listing are paid at the closing by the seller's side~!!!!)
Good Luck to you
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