OK, so you're trying to find a home to buy and you're going out every weekend. You search Realtor.com so much, you know the inventory better than your Realtor. You've memorized the multiple listing service (MLS) numbers of the homes you absolutely love, you know what every home looks like - based on the photos posted on-line and when a home shows up that you are familiar with you, your heart skips a beat ... "is this the one???"
You speak with your Realtor every day - some days, you talk with to your Realtor two or five times about homes for sale. You want to buy a home so badly, that you can focus on nothing else in your life.
You've ruled out homes because they don't meet your criteria or the photos aren't great or it's not located in the part of town where you want to live.
You are frustrated. So what do you do? You schedule an appointment with your Realtor - you're not really sure why, but you've scheduled the appointment.
What do we tell our buyers when they are at this point in their search for a home? "Sometimes, you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a Prince." Why would we say this? How does it help you? Lets take a look at what it means.
How many frogs are there in the world? Millions. How many Princes are there in the world? Hundreds.
It reminds you that you have to check every home in your price range - whether it fits your criteria or not. It means that to find the home you want, you might have to look in the next town over. It means that you need to go to every home in your price range (whether you previously ruled out based on what you've seen on-line) and see it for yourself. It brings into focus that it could take you longer to find the right home than you had initially thought. It also has a touch of "be patient - you'll find it".
So buyers - start kissing those frogs!
Bob & Richelle Ward, Realtors, ABR
Prudential Connecticut Realty
Cell - (203) 470-9818