Don’t Fall for Love at First Sight

Shop around to avoid missing red flags or regretting your decision. Buying the first house you look at it is kind of like marrying the first person you go on a date — not necessarily a good idea. The average homebuyer looks at least 10 homes over an eight-week search before making an offer. While you don’t need to visit every home in the neighborhood, you should compare at least three homes before making a decision.

Here are the top 4 reasons why you should give yourself enough time to shop around:

You might find similar features in another home. When you go on your first showing, you have nothing to compare the home’s pros and cons with. You might love the steam shower in the master bathroom, but another listing nearby might have a better — with a lower asking price.

You’ll learn more about each home’s resale value. Shopping around can help you get a sense of the neighborhood and can help you gauge which homes have been over-developed for the area. If you buy the nicest home on the block, your property won’t appreciate at the same rate that the surrounding homes do, and you might have trouble selling when you choose to move on.

You’ll catch red flags before you rush in. Rushing to the closing table can also cause you to miss serious maintenance issues. Finding “the surprise behind door number three” is only exciting on The Price is Right, so make sure you look in every room in the house. If any rooms are “off limits” during the showing, arrange to see them later and have your home inspector examine them carefully.

You won’t wonder if “the grass is greener” across the street. Surveying your options will also help you avoid buyer’s remorse. If you buy without looking at several homes, you could end up feeling as though you’ve made a mistake. If you still love the first house you saw after visiting a few more listings, you can be confident in your decision to make an offer.

Source: HGTV, Deanne Revel

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About Real Estate Diva Brenda

Brenda Douglas aka Real Estate Diva Brenda is a luxury/probate agent, blogger/vlogger, seminar leader, Diva Home & Lifestyle Podcaster & Co-Author. The DMV is one of the most desirable places to live, work, and visit! And I can help you live here. Whether you want to buy, sell or invest in a DMV (DC, MD, VA) property, I can help! Contact me to get started today at realestatedivabrenda@gmail.com www.facebook.com/realestatedivabrenda www.facebook.com/divahomeandlifestyle www.diaryofarealestatediva.com plus.google.com/u/0/+RealEstateDivaBrendaDouglas https://www.pinterest.com/RealEstateDivaB/ https://twitter.com/realestatedivab https://instagram.com/realestatedivabrenda https://www.linkedin.com/in/realestatedivabrenda YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/realestatedivabrendadouglas KWPP Mobile App: http://www.app.kw.com/KW2BR7YKN
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