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October 1, 2015 • Real Estate History

3 Ways to Avoid Stress When Buying a Home

Whether it’s your first time buying a home or your 5th, the process is typically one that is happy as well as overwhelming at times. Take a deep breath and relax, enjoy the journey it’s worth it!

No matter how “crazy” the ride may become, focus on the positive like how happy you are to be buying something new to you. Stay out of the stressed, I have too much to do phase. We are meant to enjoy our journey in life even the part that gives us a new home!

There are ways to simplify the home buying process, helping you to make decisions faster and leaving you feeling accomplished at the end of the day, instead of overwhelmed.

3 Ways to Avoid Stress When Buying a Home

Eliminate Uncertainty: When buying a home a lot of uncertainty exists. Such as, what location do you want to move to?  Do you want a backyard? Pool or no pool? How many bedrooms and bathrooms? What must-have features do you want the home to have in order to move-in? House, town home or condo? All of these required decisions, can prolong the process of buying a new home. We suggest making a list of all of the features you want in a home first. If you create this list in excel, multiple copies can be printed out and taken with you to each property visited – this helps keep your mind clear and to remember what you liked and didn’t like about the property even after you’ve left. Have a few locations in mind, if school zones are important to you then research or ask your agent where the better school zones are that are within your budget. Maybe being close to nightlife is more important, get to know the surrounding areas near where you enjoy hanging out. All of these tips will help to speed up the decision making process. If a property has too many “no’s” then move on to the next. The right property is awaiting you!

Hire a Real Estate Agent: Agents know what needs to get done and in what order. Leave it to a skilled agent to pull the required paperwork together, make recommendations for home inspectors and professionals to aid in the process and to push the deal forward. It’s important you stay focused on the items that require your attention such as choosing the area you want to live in or looking through the MLS to find the properties you want to visit. Real estate agents are trained, with the experience to create a less stressed environment for the negotiations and details involved during the buying process.

Make Milestones: some homebuyers get overwhelmed during the process of searching for a new home. There’s much to do; research the market, pick a neighborhood, tour the homes you like, pack up your current home, schedule the movers.. And the list goes on. Reducing some of the stress associated with buying a new home can be simplified. Make a list of all the items that need to get done (keep a running tab if necessary), do something everyday to work toward marking one of those items off the list. It’s ok if the whole project doesn’t get done at once, simply packing one more box is a step in the right direction to accomplishing all the tasks associated with moving. Feel good about the progress you make, and don’t allow the thoughts to overtake your life.

It’s normal for emotions to be involved. Surrounding yourself with the right team that eliminates stress from this process is a great way to make this transition easier. Keep communication open with your family behave those conversations that it’s a time of high emotions so make time to talk with each other about all the steps involved. Sometimes talking it out is enough to reduce the overwhelmed feelings. Always remember this time is a happy time to enjoy with your family and loved ones.

Just think of that awesome open house you’re going to throw once you’re moved in!

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