Jeff’s Carlsbad Blog for First Time Home Buyers


Looking and Not Finding the Right Home?

Posted in Homeownership,House Hunting,Psychological Stuff,What do I Buy? by Jeff Dowler on March 13, 2007

man-thinking.jpgHave you found that you are looking and not finding the right home? Are you getting frustrated? How many homes have you seen so far – 20? 30 ? 50 or more?

There are a number of reasons why you may not be finding the right home:

  • You are unclear about what you want – make a list of what really is important
  • You keep changing your mind – focus on what is important question-mark.gif(number of bedrooms), not the minor stuff
  • You are nervous about making a decision – this is common, it’s a big decision
  • you can find the perfect house – it doesn’t exist so stop trying to find it
  • You are being too fussy and particular – keep in mind you can change paint color, carpet and those sorts of things easily
  • You really are NOT ready to buy, psychologically and emotionally
  • The market inventory really does not match with your budget – unfortunately true for many new buyers in many areas
  • You are waiting too long to make a decision and missing out – when you delay making your decision, someone else will
  • You are being too rigid – be willing to trade off come things in order to get the features that are most important
  • You keep thinking a better home will come along, even when you find a property you really like – sort of the kid in a candy store phenomenon, but keep it up long enough and you will never get what you want

Does any of this sound like you?

If so, give some careful thought as to what is going on. Talk about these issues with your partner or spouse, or someone else who is already a homeowner. Your agent can be a good sounding board too. They can look at the situation objectively, give you some feedback, and help you get off first base.

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