Finding a new home has definitely been a different and interesting experience. At first you become really excited about starting the process, but once the hunt begins, it becomes a little stressful and you begin to feel impatient really quick. Here are 5 things I’ve learned so far about house hunting.
It’s not about what I want, it is about what we want. Finding a house that you and your significant other like, is harder than finding a house that you like. Even though you might have both agreed to the same wish list, your tastes are different, which makes the search more challenging.
It’s about staying on top of it. The real estate market moves quickly and good houses sell fast. It was so frustrating to find houses we both liked, and quickly realize it only took a couple of days for them to be under contract.
It’s about being smart without being desperate. Buying a house is a very important decision and a big investment, so you definitely want to make the right choice. However, you need to make that choice really quick if you really want a home. This is one of the biggest internal struggles about the process, you don’t want to be desperate but you feel a lot of pressure.
It’s about being positive and patient. Once you let go from those houses you were too slow to visit, and feel slightly discouraged after touring a bunch of homes that don’t feel like “the one”, it becomes about being open minded and remaining positive. It doesn’t take long to start feeling like you are never going to find a home you both love, within budget, and in the right location.
It’s about being decisive. It is like “saying yes to the dress” déjà vu. You search and don’t want to settle, because there might be a better one out there. But after searching and seeing what you like and don’t like, you become more confident about what you are looking for. I just really hope we get a signal from the universe when we find THE one.