House-hunting can be a very stressful event, but it doesn’t have to be. As long as you have your priorities ironed out, and especially when you have the right support and guidance from a professional real estate agent, you should be able to find the right real estate property for you.
Here are some helpful tips to make your house-hunting a more pleasant experience, unlike the usual frazzled appointment that it is thought to be.
Manage Your Expectations – This is, perhaps, the foremost source of stress and disappointment for the house-hunter. Don’t come into a search thinking that it will all go smoothly on the first try. Neither should you think that you don’t need a list of pre-requirements or pegs, or that the house will “speak” to you and you’ll know if it’s the one. You’ll be wasting more time than necessary if you don’t come to the house-hunting prepared with your specific wants and needs.
Set a Budget and Stick to It – Needless to say, you must have a clear idea of how much you can afford. Not only should this help you further limit the choices you have in your roster, it should also keep you from getting disappointed and frustrated, such as when you find “the one”, but it turns out it’s way over your budget.
Although you may be feeling particularly generous at that point in time, you must also remain steadfast and not give in to the temptation to overspend. Remember that there are a lot of other costs to deal with after the sale, so don’t put all your eggs in just one basket.
Wants vs. Needs – Learn how to know the difference between the two, and you should be well on your way to having a clear, reliable priority list. You can consult with your real estate agent in case there are some items you would really like to have in your house. As long as it fits in your budget, it shouldn’t be a problem.
How to Make Your House Hunt a Happy One. CNBC.