Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Do I Need to Look at ALL the Houses on the Market Before Buying One?

Do I Need to Look at ALL the Houses on the Market Before Buying One?

There are a lot of Austin TX Homes for Sale. Does that mean you need to look at all of them before making a decision to buy something? Yes and No...

With today's technology, you're able to see all the houses you want online. You can map it out, see pictures, see virtual tours, see the tax information, see the school information... etc... you can see just about everything.  You take this information and then drive neighborhoods to see what interests you the most. Things to consider would be proximity to work, schools, parks, shopping, restaurants and other places you would regularly go.

austin tx homes for sale neighborhoodAfter you've looked at hundreds of properties online and have done your drive-bys, then you're ready to look at properties in person.  What's the process of this?  I typically have my buyers pick out their favorite 7-10 properties and we knock them all out in one day, when possible. What do a lot of buyers say after seeing these 7-10 properties?  "Let's schedule an appointment to view more."  You're thinking that's not a big deal, right?  Wrong!!

After viewing hundreds of properties online, or maybe just 25-50 if you're looking for something more specific, you already eliminated everything but those 7-10 properties you named as your initial favorites.  That further means that the rest of the availbale properties have some flaw that you already found so they already have a strike against them.  What makes you think you will absolutely fall in love with a house you have already discounted based on your initial, first impression? Makes sense doesn't it?

Why am I telling you all this? It goes back to the initial question of how many houses you need to look at before making a decision to buy. In the past year and a half, my personal buyers have averaged looking at 5.9 houses before buying one.  I'm serious!  This includes one that looked at 20+ properties because they didn't believe the idea of not looking at properties they initially eliminated.  When they went back to one they initially liked, it was already under contract and they ended up buying a house that was brand new on the market, only a few days so it still wasn't one on their possibility list. 

Yes, if you know what you're looking for and take the time to drive neighborhoods and get a good sense of your expectations of what you want in a home, you can look at 6 houses in one house-looking trip and write an offer.  Why do I have people pick 7-10 properties?  It's an average for a reason. Some people look at more and some people look at less. By looking at slightly higher than the average, it helps ensure you feel comfortable with your selection. You would be surprised by how many buyers I work with that buy the very first house they see.  There is nothing wrong with that! I usually like to show at least one or two more just to make sure they don't feel they're jumping too quickly as I'm not looking for the quick sale. I'm looking to make sure my clients are happy with their selection.

If you're looking to buy a house in the Austin TX area, contact me today and we'll review your goals together. The buying proceess is not months and months long. It can be one trip to view house!!

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Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline

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Comment balloon 4 commentsDonna Harris • February 08 2011 02:54PM



You are correct. It's not about looking at EVERY house. It's about finding ONE house.

Posted by Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate (Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO) about 8 years ago

Donna, I think your premise is correct most of the time. However I do think there are times when people need to look at more than 10 homes. My wife and I bought a home about 10 years ago and we looked at about 40 before we found the right one. We were renting and were under no pressure to move and we looked over several months before we found the right home. Here at the beach we have a lot of second home buyers that look at a lot of homes before they find the right one.

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) about 8 years ago

Liz, Great way to say it!

Tom, Granted, yes, some people take their time if they aren't in a hurry, but I've also  had people buy quickly when they thought they were just looking.  One over the summer was just thinking about moving to Austin, and bought a house after looking at 6. I contracted a house last week with buyers who just relocated here and wanted to get a sense of the neighborhoods and they only saw 5. My husband took 8 months to find a house he liked, but he was dreaming...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 8 years ago

Don't you want to SHOW all of the houses Donna? Im teasing of course. This is a good reason why you want to share your likes/dislikes with the Realtor so they can weed out the houses they know you won't like.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 about 8 years ago