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There were many things that happened throughout my process of home buying. Awesome, not so great and frustrating. Below you will find some things that I encourage you to do and some things I will say stay away from.
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Yes: Create Zillow and Trulia Accounts
Go to zillow.com and trulia.com and create accounts. These sites are useful because you can put parameters such as square footage, number of beds/baths, zip code and other pertinent information. They make it super easy to find a home that matches what you want.
NO: OBSESS ON THESE HOME SITES AND BECOME “HOME-VERWHELMED”
With the sheer amount of homes, buttons, heading and LOTS of information on these sites it becomes quite easy to stay on these sites all day.
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I was on a social media hiatus during this time and I would spend three to four hours each day searching, taking notes, dreaming of what “could be.”
Don’t be like me. Spend 30 minutes a day. Take some notes on, perhaps, a few you want to consider and move on. Half an hour is enough time to find at least three or four homes that fit your wants and needs and that is sufficient.
I became “home-verwhelmed.” Yes, I made up that word. I was overwhelmed and became obsessed in an unhealthy way with these sites. Use them for their info and only spend a set time each day on them.
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Yes: Your Heart Will Be Broken Multiple Times. Be Patient.
I looked at ten different homes in one Saturday. I was enamored by nearly all of them. I started thinking about submitting offers to a few and by the time Wednesday of the next week hit a few were already “sale pending!” After a week, all the ones I was seriously considering were pending a sale.
I had my heart shattered about 15 times before I found my home sweet home.
Your home sweet home will come it may take a considerable amount of more time than you expect. But it will come.
No: Do Not Set Your Heart on One Home
For the reasons stated above. It is unlikely you will be able to buy the first home you see and enjoy. If you do, contact me I want to hear about your process and how you scored!
How Long Did I Wait to Hear Back? 22 Days
I walked into a home and I thought “this may be the one.” After seeing the pink paint and pink tile in the bathroom and cabinets straight out of the Sears catalog for 1973 I was in love. Well, not quite but I had a vision and I knew how to execute it.
I submitted the offer and thought about one week is sufficient time to get back to me.
Oh boy, was I wrong.
One week went by and I felt a small amount of apprehension.
Two weeks went by and I begin to think “this may not happen.” I became saddened.
THREE WEEKS later and still no response. I wanted to pull my hair out in frustration because I had already set my heart on this home (which did not help).
22 DAYS LATER I RECEIVE A RESPONSE. AND IT WAS YES!!!!!!!
I was so excited, to say the least. My dream of home ownership was becoming a reality after many months (and years) of dreaming. I felt like a “real” adult and life was just beginning.
Everything was new, fresh and authentic. I feel rather blessed to go through the ups and downs of this process because now I can share with YOU how to navigate the, at times, turbulent home buying experience.
Today, I still have that home and it has become an income producing asset for me and I am looking at ways to build more wealth and create sustainable passive income.
I know I am at the starting line of life.
This was a BIG win for me and I look forward to helping others with their BIG win as well.
Happy home buying and know I am here for questions, comments and to be a helpful resource for all things real estate.
What questions about the process do you have? How was your first home buying experience? Any other things to do and not do?
Always Moving Forward,
As a certified credit counselor and syndicated writer at MaxMyMoney, Max has coached over 250 Millennials to help take the stress out of money. When Max is not coaching, you'll find him reading financial books, indoor cycling, or visiting local pawn shops looking for swiss-made watches.