It’s a weird concept, we know. But looking for a house is truly like looking for someone to date. You don’t want to settle. So we have a few tips to relate the buying process to finding a significant other.
Tip #1: Have a Little Faith
Before you even begin to look for homes, you’ve probably heard all about rising home prices, bidding wars, stringent mortgage standards, and other rough-and-tumble tales. If you feel a little disheartened, you’re not alone. A little over half of home buyers (52%) believe they will find their dream home in their price range, while 48% say it’s impossible.
People are way more optimistic when it comes to love. A 2011 Marist poll showed that 73% of Americans believe that they are destined to find their soul mate.
Think positively going into finding your dream home and make sure you see everything. Which brings us to Tip #2…
Tip #2: It’s a Number’s Game
Life would be so much simpler if the first house you ever visited, or the first person you ever dated—but you don’t live in a fairy tale.
Home buyers, be prepared for the long haul: Buyers typically search for 10 weeks and look at 10 homes before purchasing, similar to finding The One…Love doesn’t come easily, either, as an average adult woman will have five relationships, four disaster dates, 15 kisses with different men, and two heartbreaks before meeting The One.The average man will have six relationships and be stood up twice before finding his perfect half.
So as you can see, it takes some commitment in every aspect to find the right person, or house, for you.
Tip #3: Look Online
The Internet has made finding a home much easier than ever. The NAR report shows 92% of home buyers use the Internet at some point during their search. Online websites are deemed a very useful information source by 82% of buyers.
A surge of online dating websites have made it a norm for finding a person with similar interests. So don’t discount the internet! There is great information about houses for you.
Tip # 4: First Impressions Matter
The first few minutes home buyers spend at an open house go a long way in influencing their decisions. Three-quarters (77%) of home buyers say they’ll know immediately when they’ve found their ideal house. Just like the first impression you have of a person always sticks with you, the first impression of a house will always stick with you. So if you’re unsure about a house at first, it may not be the one for you.
Tip #5 Regrets Happen
Just like the sexy-hot European sports car you bought which turns out to get 4.5 miles per gallon and not even have room for a suitcase in its trunk, the house that you spend months buying may turn out to be a bummer. About 80% of home buyers have at least one major regret about their new home. Don’t let it get you down about buying again in the future; learn from past mistakes whether the problem was the house was too small, didn’t have enough storage space, neighbors, and school system.
So don’t be afraid! Get out there and find the right house for you!