Jeff’s Carlsbad Blog for First Time Home Buyers

How Many Homes Should I See?

Posted in House Hunting,Psychological Stuff,What do I Buy? by Jeff Dowler on March 2, 2007

clouds-in-my-yard.jpgHow many homes should I see? I get asked this question fairly regularly by first time buyers.  My response is…it depends.

Well, what does it depend on? Too many houses CLOUDING your decision making?

  • How sure you are about what you want and don’t want
  • How good you are at searching on-line and ruling out homes
  • Your overall confidence in the buying process
  • What your budget is (there may be many or few choices in your price range)
  • Where you want to live (again, an inventory issue)
  • How flexible you are (what will you trade off, if anything) – or conversely, how PICKY you are
  • Your ability and comfort level with making decisions (this varies – some people are very decisive, and others need to take a lot of time before they can decide)
  • Your level of patience…or ability to tolerate frustration

There really is no right or wrong answer. I have had buyers who bought the first or second home they saw, and others who needed to see 30 or more, and it took months. The real truth is what is right for YOU.

One caveat, however. If you just keep looking and looking, and hoping the perfect house will come along, and you go on for months and months, you MIGHT want consider how serious you really are? Are you just wasting time? Are you missing out on good deals because you can’t decide? Are prices going up? Are rates going up? Don’t end up spending MORE because you took too long and the market changed.


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