Jeff’s Carlsbad Blog for First Time Home Buyers

How Long Should I Search for a Home?

Posted in FAQs,What do I Buy? by Jeff Dowler on December 31, 2007

I’ve been asked this question a number of times. And there is no real right or wrong answer – it depends on you.

Some folks are able to find the house of their dreams, or at least one they want to live in, fairly quickly. A few weeks, a month or two. They may look at 5 – 10 houses and they are done. The shortest time was 1 day (for a relocation) in my personal experience.
Others may take much longer, for a variety of reasons. Can’t decide, don’t like what they see, are too picky, are afraid of making the decision, keep hoping a better deal will come along, etc.. I have had buyers take over a year to find the right house and finally buy.

I wouldn’t get it into your head that finding a home has to take a certain period of time, since so much depends on your personal decision making style, the inventory in your price range, the amount of time you have to look, and more. Some first time home buyers like to set a goal of buying by a certain time, or need to due to their rental or family situation.

But if you find yourself getting frustrated, take a look at what might be causing the problem. And is there something you can do about it?


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