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10 Habits of Happy House Hunters

Being a happy house hunter can get you more bang for your buck when looking for a home to buy!

Chris Fritch Team Keller Williams Classic Realty

They are ready to drop everything to go out a see a house - The best deals are usually found when you least expect them. Make a point of being readily available and responding to your agent when they contact you. They may have just seen a property that meets all of your wants and needs, so seeing it sooner rather than later is always better in case of other offers.

They take notes - After seeing 5 or 6 houses, they all start to look the same. Bring something to write on/with and write down your thoughts or enter them into your phone. You’ll want to make a note of the best and worst things about the house and give it a score from 1-10. It’s not uncommon for buyers to see between 10-15 houses before they find “the one” so being able to look back on the notes you’ve taken throughout your house hunting will help you when making decisions and when getting familiar with the market value.

They are financially savvy - Make sure before you start your house hunt that you are pre-approved for a mortgage. When purchasing a home, 99% of the time you will need to put earnest money down. Make sure it’s in a bank account that you can withdraw from. If you need a lender, ask your agent. They usually have a few they work with often.

They run numbers up, down, and sideways - Make sure you do the math before putting any offers in on a home. Calculate the closing costs and the monthly costs of the home you’re interested in. Don’t forget about all utilities, garbage, sewer, water, and taxes as well. These are all monthly costs you’ll have to factor into your end number.

They understand that compromises must be made - It’d be awesome if everyone always got exactly what they wanted but that may not be the case. Most people have to make sacrifices and give up at least one thing to gain another. So figure out what is most important to you. (location, price, size, finishes, etc.)

They wear comfortable, slip on shoes - Especially during the winter months, you don’t want to be dragging in the unwanted snow, water, salt and all the muck that comes with winter so wear shoes that easily slip off before you enter the home. Also, taking shoes off and putting them back on can be a bigger pain than you imagine. So, make it easy for yourself and wear slip-on shoes.

They are honest with their agents and tell them the truth - Give honest feedback to your agent about showings. All it will do is frustrate you in the long run if you’re not honest with us about what you’re thinking about the houses we’ve shown you thus far. It’s okay if your interests change throughout the house search, just be sure to tell us. We want to know exactly what you’re looking for so we can find the best possible house for you!

They focus solely on properties that are for sale instead of properties that have already sold. - If you’re looking on Google, Zillow and for homes, make sure you’re searching the active listings available for sale and not the properties that have already sold. We can’t get you a home that is already sold but we sure can get you one that is still active!

They don’t rush into buying a home. - You will know when you’ve found the right house. Sometimes it takes a few different showings for you to find your perfect house but you will know when you find the right one.

They are wary of the rebound house. - When buyers lose a bidding war, they rush into buying another house that isn’t quite right for them. This is known as the “rebound house”. Don’t do it. Wait for the right one, because we promise you, it’s out there!

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