How To Know When You’ve Found “The One”….House that is. Recently, we read a blog over on Realtor.com comparing house hunting to dating, with open houses being the first date! We chuckled at first, until we realized the similarities were almost identical. When you start house hunting, it is exciting and fun and much like dating. You tell your friends all about that one house on the corner, or the big house with the white trim, or that tiny house with the remodeled bathroom, as well as the houses that were total duds. While some Lake Tahoe real estate buyers snag the house of their dreams quickly, it takes a bit longer for others. So how do you know after several disappointments when you found the right one? Read on!
First, do your research. The internet is a great tool, although keep in mind you can’t believe everything you read. Before you agree to a date, you probably do a little Facebook “stalking”. House hunting should be no different. While your Lake Tahoe Realtor will be a wealth of valuable-and credible-information, do some stalking of your own. Before you go tour a house, pull up the tax records, search the address on line to see what comes up and scope out the surrounding neighborhood. From there, you and your agent can ask the listing agent at the open house the questions you need to know before making an offer. You want to be informed, but you don’t want to go overboard so remain neutral. After all, if you come off as too enthusiastic, the seller could try and take advantage of the situation.
Second, prepare yourself for the possibility that you might end up with a fixer upper that is perfect for you with a little help. Something to ponder is if you really have time for the work it takes to put into a home that needs help. If you do, can you afford the contractors? Lake Tahoe Homes for sale that need a little more work can be affordable and perfectly suited for you in the end, but need your time and attention to start. If this doesn’t sound good to you, it’s time to move on.
It’s not all about looks. Sure, the house looks fantastic professionally staged and cleaned up. But what about when all the professionally staged high end décor is gone, and it is just you and your stuff? Will it still be something you are interested in? This is the part where you need to think about the foundation, the plumbing, the electrical and all the stuff you can’t see on the surface. If something doesn’t feel right about the home, start asking the listing Realtor questions. Bring the tape measure to see if your stuff will fit and inspect the house as much as possible to see if you can find any flaws lurking below the surface.
It’s smart to keep your ears open to what other folks at the open house are saying. They may note things about the home or neighborhood that you hadn’t yet noticed. But even if others are swooning, be careful not to get swept away too easily. It’s easy to fall for the house everyone else wants, after all there is something about competition that makes people go for something they otherwise wouldn’t have looked twice at. Only you and your real estate agent know your budget, your wants, your needs now—and in the future. So use your agent as a sounding board and block out everything else. After all, you’re the one who has to live with the decision so you should pick what makes you happy.
Think of your Realtor as the chaperone, wing man, or safety net in the situation. Ask them if they would like to join you on the open house tour as they can probably point out things with their expert eye that you would otherwise not notice. Think of your Lake Tahoe real estate agent as a neutral opinion and listen to what they are saying. As an expert in their field, they are privy to details you may not even know exist. Most importantly, their goal is to help place you in the home of your dreams.
Everyone has done the pros and con’s list with people they are dating, or thinking of dating, and a home you are interested in is no different. As we have addressed in other blogs, keep notes of the homes you tour and what they have that you want and need, or don’t. When it comes down to decision time, you will be able to compare and figure out what house has the deal breakers and what house leaves you wanting more. When you pick the house that fits your needs, call your Lake Tahoe Realtor and ask to see the house again and then start discussing offers. If you are looking to buy a house in Lake Tahoe, call us at 530-543-6676.