Searching for a Home is Stressful Work

The pressure is obvious when buying a new home - getting your loan approval, interest rates, ten vs. fifteen vs thirty-year mortgages and this is all before you've even looked at a home!

This is an important decision, so you need to stay focused and get organized. Keeping track of what you like by taking notes including photos will be very important in your pursuit of purchasing a home.

A real estate agent is going to be most effective at helping if they have a clear understanding of what your needs and wants are, so you need to have clarity and be in agreement with whomever you are buying the house with. The more defined your home search, the less time you will waste looking at houses that just do not fit your needs and fewer wasted visits means more energy you and your agent will have for properties that match. Looking at houses that don't match your needs also adds frustration and stress.

One way to get clarity is instead of simply describing your house, put it in writing. Scan your list several times and agree with your partner before giving it to your real estate agent. Note which points are flexible and which are not, needs vs like to have. An example would be, location, including distance to good schools, community amenities like a pool, or access to the Boise Greenbelt. If you see a house that is perfect but the location is wrong, be sure to make that clear - "We want this house, but we want it to be in that neighborhood over there." Agents review properties constantly, so the more they know about what you want, the faster they can get you there, and concrete examples are always helpful.

When reviewing the homes you visit the first thing is to remain objective. Keep track of both the house itself and your surroundings. How do you like the community and surrounding communities? Is access to the community on a major road? Write down your rating of the neighborhood based on what you see before you look at the house - if you have doubts about an area, spend a little extra time driving around before you track down the address of the house you are planning to visit. If a neighborhood makes you nervous, you might be better off skipping the visit. Why torture yourself if you already know the area is not for you? Trust your instincts and move on.

There is a lot of pressure in finding a home and making a decision knowing the significance of that decision just makes it worse. Don't allow that pressure to lead you into a bad decision. There are other homes currently on the market and many more become available every day. If you don't see what you want today there are new homes to look at tomorrow.

Patience, patience, and more patience. In the long run, a new home is a decision you will be living with for a long time. It is important to devote plenty of time to locating and visiting the possibilities before making a final decision. If you've ever spent an hour buying a new gun, multiply that by the cost of a home and you will realize that most people expect to move much faster than they should.

Trey Langford
Founder

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