Posted on 12. September 2011 01:17 by qmiskini

Buying a home is not a hop, skip and a jump. It is a process that often begins many months before you ever start visiting properties with your Realtor.  Preparing for the journey is important because once you begin, unless you are prepared for the emotional roller coaster it can sometimes become, you will feel frustrated, become disappointed, and lose sight of the fun it should be and the marvelous end result at the end of the journey.

This is a word of gentle advice and caution to all couples embarking on the search for a new home.  Part of your planning, and a definite chapter in your discussions with your Realtor is for both parties (meaning the adults who will be purchasing and living together in the home) to spend quality time discussing your individual needs, wants and wishes – everything from basement or no basement to which direction the master bedroom faces.  Not to put too fine a point on this, but there will be the inevitable compromises.  However they should not be capitulation because one or the other partner in the purchase digs in their heels and refuses to budge.

It all starts with your search on paper.  We, for example, offer a specialized daily feed of highly costumed listing information through our HomeHunter Service®. The Realtor on our Team working with you will have spent a considerable amount of time talking with you about everything from price to home style to school preferences and distance to work issues and more.  That preliminary information goes in to crafting your daily HomeHunter Service® list of homes to consider.  This is the time to get the big issues out on the table.  You love Cape Cod style homes with peaked rooflines and wide front porches in Woodstock.  Your spouse or partner loves traditional 2-story homes with clean lines and lots of windows in Marietta.  You want to be close to work; he wants to be close to his job too, but you work on the opposite ends of Cobb County. 

You can begin to see that spending days or weeks and sometimes months looking for the “compromise home” can both stretch out the process and add unnecessary stress and discord to the search.  Here is where using your Realtor as a sounding board for ideas, working with your Realtor to help you really break down the positives and negatives of homes you are previewing, and then categorizing those yea’s and nay’s will help you to see the difference between compromise and capitulation. You will have worked through and appreciate those wants, needs and wishes that can divide rather than unite you in making a good decision about the right home at the best price.

One young couple working with one of our Team’s Buyer Specialist Realtors found themselves in exactly the position we all strive to avoid.  Although they were able to agree on most of the major issues, their more subtle likes and dislikes – owing to how a home “felt” to each of them, caused significant strife during the search process.  It was not until they and their Realtor spent some quality time talking about what felt right and what felt wrong to each of them that they discovered what was separating them and stopping them from picking a home to purchase.  Now finding properties they both “felt” good about was much easier and within a week they agreed on the home they will be closing on next month.

All the checklists in the world won’t make a home purchase right if, despite the great price you bought it for, you love it and he hates it… or he loves it and you hate it! We love our new home are the most important 5 words you want to say to one another about your new home purchase!

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Posted on 3. September 2011 07:56 by qmiskini


Experienced Buyer’s Agents hear this one all the time from their Clients: “We’ve looked at so many houses today, this is the last one, and it’s not very pretty, let’s just call it a day and start again tomorrow.”  Any Realtor who is an advocate for their Client, especially those who have shown thousands of homes and sold many hundreds of homes knows that you should never judge a book by its cover.   A property that you may not think, from the outside is “cute’, or ’pretty” or “elegant,” may have all the attributes you are seeking on the inside; and because it may not be the “prettiest” home on the block, may be far more negotiable in price.  And if you don’t like the home’s color, or the porch is ugly…there’s rarely anything about a home that cannot be changed to suit your individual tastes.

As is often the case, when you open the book’s cover and peer inside at the pictures and words… you discover a story well worth reading.  For example, one of our in-town Clients had very definite views on what they were looking for.  They were at the end of a long day, having seen nearly 20 homes that did not suit.  This last home didn’t have any of the street view attributes they were looking for and they decided to just pass it by.  In their carefully customized HomeHunter ® daily list of the hottest new listings, it looked, on paper, that it had nearly everything they wanted – space, renovated and updated features, right neighborhood, close to favorite shops and restaurants… but a lack of curb appeal turned them off.  It was the last property on the list on a long day of disappointments.

“We’re here,” urged their Realtor, who had heard this refrain before.  Tired, grumpy, disappointed, hungry are all symptoms of frustration, and work against tenacity and judgment, two important attributes Realtors hope to imbue in their Buyers… or that their Buyers come already equipped with.  “Either way,” she urged with the bribe, “I’ll buy the snacks to tide us over until dinner…”

Long story short, inside it was everything - from the front entry to the back fence - they were looking for!  The last home at the end of a very long day at the end of an even longer search turned out to be exactly what the Buyer was searching for.  Offer made, terms negotiated, inspections, appraisal, closing… MOVE IN DAY– WOW “WE LOVE IT – WE’RE SO HAPPY!”  Even the “boring” front, with just a few touches, now ranks high on their “I Love My Home” list.

So don’t give up, and don’t judge a book by its cover… because more often than not, sometimes the last is the best!