Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, let your agent pressure you into making offers, just for the sake of making offers. Remember, your agent works for you, not the other way around. You might want to remind them of that fact.
Now, regarding your purchase. You have used the word home. When someone refers to the purchase they are about to make as their home, then it sends a clear signal that you intend to live there, maybe even raise a family there.
So my recommendation is, put the emphasis on the things you cannot change, either at all or easily. For example, shop for a great neighborhood. This means different things to different people and you can decide what makes a particular area a great neighborhood. It might be the schools, or the parks, or the people who live next door, or the fact that everyone parks in their garage. You need to be really clear with your agent regarding these factors. Next shop for the right home configuration. If you want a single story house, donâ€™t even waste your time looking at two story homes. If you need four bedrooms, why look at two bedroom homes. Lastly, if you find a home in a great neighborhood with the right configuration, but the house is not exactly what you want (say you really want granite counter tops and hardwood floors and the house you are looking at has carpet and tile), remember, The features are easily changed. Donâ€™t pass up a great home over things that you can change. Just make sure that you factor the lack of desired features into your offer. This is where a great agent will be worth their weight in gold.
Imagine, you get a great home in a great neighborhood. Itâ€™s a sprawling 4 bedroom ranch style (single story). Then you add the granite you love and the floors you love. And you paid exactly what is comfortable to you. That, in the end, is a win-win situation. And that is what you and your agent, working together, should be able to achieve. Have patience, you home isout there. Dare to Dream.
Shel-lee Davis, CDPE
Your Real Estate Consultant for Life
RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty
Also make sure you are not getting into a property or an area, where prices have not reached bottom yet.
Best of luck
The only question remains - if I may be frank - is:
Do the realities of the market place (the area in which you would like to purchase) support your desires? Are you being realistic about price, size and type of home available within your personal criteria and limitations?
If the answer is yes, waiting for the perfect home is the right thing to do. And when that perfect home does become available, be ready to move heaven and earth to securing that love. :)
Now... With that said, if you find yourself ONLY falling in love with homes that are beyond your economic reality, waiting for that "perfect" home is like waiting to win the lottery.......very possible....... but highly unlikely.
Happy hunting! :)
Jeremy M. Garn
The Stand-Up Broker
Integrity Real Estate Partners
To answer your question simply....NO WAY should you put in offers on homes that you do not love....as you said you will be spending a good portion of your lives there... ....Life is centered in the home. It is our personal castle..We should think of it this way and make this come true.
Feng Shui Consultant
Sorry that you are having this trouble..but you are NOT alone.
Try to find a house in the "neighborhood" that you want the most. Look for something that has good basic structure, and has possibilities to be improved.
Some of the things we might hate about a house, can be easily changed down the road (carpets, paint, cabinets etc). But one thing that can never be changed,is the neighborhood. Hope this helps you, if I can be of more help, send an email to my contact information below.
A couple things to consider:
- When considering a home, try taking the approach - will we regret it if we DON'T purchase this home? If you hear the home went for xxx price, would you feel regretful you hadn't gotten it for that price?
- Don't be dragged down by little things that can be fixed up. If there's a home you're iffy about, because it's not completely modern and needs some work, get a contractor out there and get an estimate for what it would cost to do some remodels. Some relatively low cost remodeling can be HUGE in making a so-so home spectacular and a near perfect home for you. And you may love it even more in the long run because it's a style that YOU chose.
- The big things, such as location/area won't change. Those are things you should think twice about before "settling" on.
Keller Williams Realty
#1 Buyers Agent KW Los Angeles Region
Location should always be top priorty incase you decide to sell later. Good luck and be patient, you'll find the one that speaks to you and the needs of your family.
RE/MAX Elite Services
Denvill, NJ 07834
Buying a home should be like any other purchase:
You should buy what you want, when you are ready, and only what you can afford. It should be an exciting time, not a frustrating one.
Make a realistic assessment of what your needs are. If you need help, there are wonderful tools in the form of checklists that can help you make the assessment. Then, assess what you want but don't HAVE to have: those dare-to-dream features that may, or may not, be in your budget and/or marketplace. If you're working with an agent that is not meeting your needs or helping you assess your marketplace, get a new agent. You deserve an agent who will work with you, support you, and not pressure you.
Check your finances. You'll not only need to have the down payment, but as a safety net, it's wise to have about 8 months of expenses as well, in case of emergency.
If all of the above is satisfied, then g out and find your home. It's a highly personal decision. Don't settle, but remember that in homes, as in people, there is no such thing as perfect.
As I tell my clients, when you find a home that's an 8 or a nine, buy it, because there is no such thing as a perfect ten.
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Risa Liebster, RealtorÂ®
Keller Williams Realty