A lot of people will eliminate most of the choices on the Internet, narrowing it down to the the perfect few choices. You should take action if you see one that almost has everything you want, as usually the market does not give you everything you want in the price you want. There are other buyers that may not need to think as long as you on that almost perfect house.....
More importantly, make sure that you understand what you will need to close the transaction.
1) Good credit/credit score. No late payments/No high debt to income ratio. Solid employment.
2) A prequalification letter from your lender to tour properties (unless you're paying all cash, in which case you'll need proof of funds for the transaction);
3) An initial earnest money check in certified funds (cashier's check) for at least 1% of the offer price, to make an offer;
4) A pre-approval letter from your lender + proof of funds for your down-payment amount, to make an offer.
5) An understanding of the difference in the amount of a downpayment that you will have to have at closing, for a property that will only allow for a Conventional loan, vs. the amount of downpayment that you need at closing, to purchase a home that allows for FHA, VA, or Homepath Finaincing.
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If it feels right, then do it. Homes are selling fast, its better to put an offer in now then to wait. The more homes you see, the more comfortable you will feel. I have toured as little as one home and as many as thirty with clients. If you have found a home you like, don't let it get away.
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~!!!!)
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If you have lots of choices it can take longer than if you have fewer choices based on the criteria you are using. Once you become familiar with the area/property then you will have a better 'feel' for what you want and then it will take less time.
It all depends on how you focus your search. You may prefer to do lots of online research. You may prefer to have an agent do the legwork for you. If you have a very specific type of property in mind it may take some time. If you are open to "anything" as long as it has your basics, you may find something quickly.
When you find a home that meet the majority of your needs, is in an area you want to be in and in your price range it's time to let your buyer broker know and to sit down with them and put your offer together. As you do look at homes you really want to let your Realtor know how you're feeling about what your seeing. Often times what you dislike is as or more important that what you like. If your Realtor is doing their job properly they will be paying attention and if they know their market well will be able to find you just what you're looking for making the process smoother as well as quicker.
Good Luck and happy house hunting.