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10 Ways to Take the Trauma Out of Home Buying

Here are 10 simple ways to take the trauma out of home buying:

  1. Find a real estate professional who’s simpatico. Home buying is not only a big financial commitment, but also an emotional one. It’s critical that the practitioner you choose is both skilled and a good fit with your personality.
  2. Remember, there’s no “right” time to buy, any more than there’s a right time to sell. If you find a home now, don’t try to second-guess the interest rates or the housing market by waiting. Changes don’t usually occur fast enough to make that much difference in price, and a good home won’t stay on the market long.
  3. Don’t ask for too many opinions. It’s natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas will make it much harder to make a decision.
  4. Accept that no house is ever perfect. Focus in on the things that are most important to you and let the minor ones go.
  5. Don’t try to be a killer negotiator. Negotiation is definitely a part of the real estate process, but trying to “win” by getting an extra-low price may lose you the home you love.
  6. Remember your home doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Don’t get so caught up in the physical aspects of the house itself—room size, kitchen—that you forget such issues as amenities, noise level, etc., that have a big impact on what it’s like to live in your new home.
  7. Don’t wait until you’ve found a home and made an offer to get approved for a mortgage, investigate insurance availability, and consider a schedule for moving. Presenting an offer contingent on a lot of unresolved issues will make your bid much less attractive to sellers.
  8. Factor in maintenance and repair costs in your post-home buying budget. Even if you buy a new home, there will be some costs. Don’t leave yourself short and let your home deteriorate.
  9. Accept that a little buyer’s remorse is inevitable and will probably pass. Buying a home, especially for the first time, is a big commitment, but it also yields big benefits.
  10. Choose a home first because you love it; then think about appreciation. A home’s most important role is as a comfortable, safe place to live.
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Al Premuto

Al was born in Westchester County, NY and graduated from Mount Saint Michael Academy, Bronx, NY. After attending college, he became a Police Officer in Westchester County. Al is an avid flyfisher and is a member of the Henryville Flyfishers Club in Henryville, PA. Al is also a member of the board of directors, for the Pike/Wayne Board of Realtors.

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