Youâ€™re armed with your pre-approval letter, your wants and needs list, and your knowledge of the real estate market. Now comes the fun part: searching for homes! Like any part of buying a home, the home search has its ups and downs. But once youâ€™re living in your new home, spending weekends shopping for furniture and dÃ©cor, and enjoying all the amenities of your new location, you know you wouldnâ€™t trade the experience for anything. Here are the moments only home buyers understand.
1. When You Hit â€œSearchâ€ for the First Time
You put your price range, number of bedrooms, and a couple of must-have features into an online home search tool, then hold your breath while the results page loads. Look at all those listings! Your new home is just a click away!
2. When You Make a Day of Driving Through Your Favorite Neighborhoods
You find yourself giving this excuse to friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and anyone else who wants to make plans: â€œSorry, Iâ€™m busy all weekend. Iâ€™m going to open houses!â€
3. When You Fall in Love with Several Different Homes
You just canâ€™t help it! Youâ€™re picturing yourself reading by the window, cooking meals in the kitchen, decorating the bedrooms, exploring the trails nearby, and even running errands to the closest grocery store.
4. When You Go Overboard on Your Must-See List
Your Realtor warned you not to have a long list of homes. Now that youâ€™ve seen a handful of properties, each new home is starting to look just like the one before it, and trying to keep them all straight is making your head hurt. The home buying struggle is real.
5. When Your Favorite Home Goes Off the Market
Another buyer scooped up your favorite property before you could even call your real estate agent for a showing, or worse, the home goes off market just before youâ€™re about to make an offer.
6. When You Tour a Home That Clearly Isnâ€™t Ready to Sell
For a second you think youâ€™re in the wrong place. There are fingerprint smudges on the windows, dust bunnies in the corners, clutter in the closets, family photos on the walls, home dÃ©cor thatâ€™s easily 30 years oldâ€¦ Yikes. This looks nothing like the online listing photos you fell in love with!
7. When a New Listing with All Your Criteria Hits the Market
This property has everything youâ€™ve been searching for, and it just showed up in your inbox! You scramble to schedule a showing, make an offer, and thank your Realtor for signing you up for email alerts.
8. When You Still Donâ€™t Understand Parts of the Closing Process
Even though your agent explained everything that happens after you make an offer, youâ€™re still confused about some things, like the difference between â€œdue diligence feeâ€ and â€œearnest money.â€ Due diligence is a courtesy amount of a few hundred dollars you pay the seller to take their home off the market. (You get this money back.) But earnest money, which is a fraction of your down payment, you donâ€™t get back.
9. When You Finally Move Into Your New Home
All those days spent researching neighborhoods, cancelling plans to go to showings, and taking pages and pages of notes about your favorite properties have paid off. The home is finally yours!
Weâ€™ll Help You Find Your New Home
The home buying process has its ups and downs, but weâ€™re here to help you every step of the way. Weâ€™ll sign you up for alerts of new listings, coordinate showings, and guide you from your home search to the closing table. Ready to get started? Just give us a call!