The 3 Steps Most Homebuyers Skip

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The 3 Steps Most Homebuyers Skip

In this 8-part series, How to Find the Perfect Home for You and Your Budget, you’ll learn how to find a home that is the right fit for your lifestyle, needs and, most importantly, your budget. It takes you through every single step and shows you how to avoid buyer’s remorse.  Your first home is most likely the stepping stone for your next home so you want to do it right and set yourself up financially to move up to your next home.

The 3 Steps Most Homebuyers Skip
The 3 Steps Most Homebuyers Skip

There’s a very specific formula and step-by-step approach that buyers – like you — should take to make sure they end up with the home that best fits their needs and budget.  

It requires some initial patience on your part so that each step is complete. This prepares you to quickly put in an offer with confidence when you reach that point. 

Don’t Skip These 3 Steps

No one should rush out to purchase a home before they are ready since this is a big financial decision. Remember that slow and steady gets the “prize”! 

First, you should have determine your deal breakers, “must haves” and lifestyle goals. That process was covered in a previous article from this series —Questions to Answer Before an Open House.  Go back and read it again, and then you can move forward once you’ve answered the 12 questions. 

Now you’re ready for the next three important steps. Do not bypass these steps. You’ll end up wasting time, getting confused and, ultimately, buying a home that you will regret.

1) Be 100% sure you want to be a homeowner

Many people start looking for a home before they truly know that buying a home is right for them. (Maybe their friends are doing it, they’re getting older, they’ve rented forever, etc).

They think that by just looking at homes, it will help them make that decision for them.  However, this is a sure recipe for making a big mistake!  

You must first make the decision that you want to make the commitment to being a homeowner.  Buying a home is a big deal. It’s a commitment that you have to be willing to make for at least 3-5 years, if not more.   

Before you go any further, you must decide whether this step in life is something you want to make. Then commit to the process of looking for the perfect home, no matter how long that takes.

Depending on the current market, the looking process can be frustrating, difficult, and hard to see through to the end. Don’t set yourself up to fail by thinking that if you found the right home, then you’ll become a homeowner.

Instead, make the conscious decision that buying a home is the right move for you right now—both financially and otherwise—first and foremost.  Then you’ll be more committed to go down the (long!) road to becoming a homeowner and not look back.  

2) Slow down to get the best fit for you

Often times, we spend so much time thinking about wanting to buy a home that once we make the decision to buy, we want to find a home ASAP. 

This is called immediate gratification syndrome. Don’t let it get the best of you!

It’s understandable that you’ve been waiting to have money, a great job and life in order to buy a home.  But you can’t just wake up one day and go buy the first home you see.  

It’s truly a process. You want to make sure you are making the best decision for both your financial life AND for the life you want to live over the next few years.  

Figuring all that out and having a home that fits your goals does take time.

Buying a home is like finding a mate and just because you decide you are ready to commit doesn’t mean you should marry the first person you go on a date with! 

Same thing with buying a home. Once you’ve decided buying a home is the commitment you want to make, slow down to find just the right home for the life you want to create.  That takes time….  

Take a deep breath, slow down and understand the process. You might just enjoy it more and you will find that perfect home!

3) Decide who will represent you

There is a lot more than meets the eye to buying a home.  You need someone experienced in the type of home you are buying—price range, location, and loan programs you’ll be best suited for.  Not every agent knows how to help every buyer.  

Start with getting recommendations from friends and family.  Think about where they bought and their price range.  Only ask people in your life who would be buying something similar.  Ask them what they liked and didn’t like about the agent they worked with.  

Once you have a list, reach out to at least two to three agents. Ask them how they work and where they have sold homes recently and in what price range.  Then set up an appointment to meet them for an initial consultation.  

You don’t need to know everything about the home-buying process before you meet. They should be educating you about the process and what you need to know to make your first purchase successful.

Your agent will get you up to speed on the current real estate market, provide insight on local neighborhoods, and also advise you on mortgage options and home-buying assistance programs for first-time buyers.  

Be honest with your agent. Soon you’ll get a sense if you and your agent will be compatible and well-suited together. It’s important to have a good working relationship and be attuned to each other. 

That way, your agent will “get” you and be able to also anticipate your likes, dislikes, and needs in a home even better than you may at this point! 

This is important since you want your agent to guide you toward homes that work best for you, and not waste time on homes that do not.

And, finally, make sure you want to spend hours in the car with them every weekend 🙂 

What’s Next?

Congrats, you did not skip the 3 steps most homebuyers skip! Now you can move forward. It’s time to figure out how to pay for your new home! 

Hope you are enjoying this series — How to Find the Perfect Home for You and Your Budget – and look out for next week’s article. You’ll learn the best way to budget for and finance your first home purchase.

In the mean time, if you would like to video tour some new construction homes around the Denver Metro Area, be sure to check out my YouTube Channel.

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