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Is Your Goal To Look at Houses or to Buy a House?

I was with some buyers over the weekend who weren't sure about whether or not to offer on a house or to wait for more properties to come on the market and see what else might come available.  This reminded me of a speech I use with many first-time home buyers, though it makes sense for the move-up/down buyer as well.

You're not out to see every property that's available on the market. austin tx homes for saleYou're out to find a house you want to buy. 

If you're out to see every possible house out there, you must realize this is a continuous cycle. Even when you see every house at that moment, a new listing comes on the market. New listings are coming on the market every day. At what point do you stop looking at the new listings and bite the bullet?

If you truly like a house, or love a house, you should remember your goal- to buy a house you like or love.  If you want to continue to look at houses, either you haven't figured out what your goal is or maybe you're afraid to reach your goal.

I can help you figure out what your goal is, and also remind you what your goal is throughout the buying process, but I can't help you bite that bullet if you're in the category of being afraid to reach your goal.  With rates where they are and the available inventory out there, as long as your price point is realistic, you shouldn't be in the category of being afraid!  I mean, you already took the first step, which is getting pre-approved. You wouldn't be looking at houses if you didn't like the numbers you were told by the lender, right?


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Comment balloon 9 commentsDonna Harris • May 16 2011 04:22PM


Nice post. Sometimes clients take home window shopping a little too far.

Posted by John Saari, "The Mortgage Buddy" about 9 years ago

As someone myself Donna who took 10 months to buy a house and then I built a hybrid house I can relate. People should buy houses I agree and not just look at them.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

I have gotten to a point where I am nice but rather blunt with customers and clients with just about every real estate practice. I hope I conveyed my self.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Suggested. I take buyers out three times? Not ready to write? Time to refer out. Gas is too high for folks on the fence!

Posted by Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties) about 9 years ago

You're right about the gas. I generally ask customers to do a drive buy of the properties, especially if the properties are occupied. If the outside interests them, then we can schedule. It saves my gas, and cuts down the window shopping from my end. It's important, though, that a good relationship is established ahead of time so the customer calls ME, not the name on the sign!

Posted by Margo Currie (Exit 1 Stop Realty) about 9 years ago

My market is small enough that is actually is possible to go see every house within a given price range. Possible, not fun or worthwhile. I have some clients now who wanted to see them all. And we did. And we made offers on two of them. Got a short sale under contract. Fell out when the junior lienholder wouldn't sign off on the deal. By now there are another half dozen houses on the market. I was just about to say, "Enough", when....they fell in love with the next house we looked at. Sigh of relief. Under contract and should close by the end of the month. I was beginning to wonder...

Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) about 9 years ago

Deadlines are great: beginning of school year, lease up, new baby, or maybe Realtor quitting in frustration ;-).

Posted by Leslie Ebersole, I help brokers build businesses they love. (Swanepoel T3 Group) about 9 years ago

Hi Donna,  i agree with Leslie, deadlines arfe good.  I am not a taxi cab driver.  Hope you have a good one!

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) about 9 years ago

John, Window shopping, kitchen shopping, bathroom shopping...

Gary, My husband took 7 months to find our first house, but that's just because he wanted to stay on lower Greenville and hoped I would agree...

Sussie, Me too!

Doug, Three times? You're generous. I try to get it all done the first day! My average is currently 6.3 houses, and that's easy in one day.

Margo, I also have buyers drive by the homes as "location" should never be a reason not to buy a house if you already know the location.

Tim, Glad to hear they loved the next house!

Leslie, Yes, I always try to get the end deadline, but sometimes they decide to renew a lease...

Will, Don't cab drivers get tips? I should start charging per quarter mile!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 9 years ago