Experts Share Knowledge on Overcoming the barriers to finding your dream home

November 17 20:52 2017

Searching for a new home is an exciting time. You’re seeking a place to enjoy life’s milestones, a place to offer comfort, to start a family and watch it grow. You’re looking for a house that feels like a home. Leslie Henderson , Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Drysdale Properties and Jen McDonald, Director of Business Development, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Drysdale Properties located in Reno, Nevada have shared this journey with clients many times over and have a few tips to share to ensure that you enter your search with clarity to give yourself the best possible opportunity to find the perfect property for you.

The search won’t always be easy

If you’re a first-time buyer, you may expect the search to be straightforward. You have a list of requirements, all you have to do is go out there and find a property that ticks all the boxes, right? Unfortunately, it is rarely that simple and can often be a long process. As Jen McDonald wisely warns, “the love at first sight feeling you experience in a property can soon turn into a struggle between your head and your heart”.

Check your expectations

If you’re search isn’t progressing as quickly as you’d hoped, why not step back and check if your expectations are realistic. Leslie Hendersonsuggests that “prolonged searches can often be attributed to a buyer whose wish list is too long, isn’t acting quickly enough or isn’t truly committed to purchasing”.

Look beyond the furniture

Perhaps you wouldn’t use that color paint or choose that wallpaper and maybe those fitted closets are not to your taste, but try and imagine a blank canvas stripped of the unfavorable decor. If it is purely a cosmetic issue it is easily fixed by redecoration.

Choose a great real estate agent

There is ample opportunity to search online these days and you may feel like you don’t need a real estate agent at all. However, using an experienced real estate agent like Jen McDonald or Leslie Henderson ensures you have the best mentor to help you figure out what you really want and a strong negotiator to get you the best property at the lowest price. Quality agents like these have years of experience in matching vendors to buyers and the inside track on properties that haven’t been advertised yet. You might get a foot in the door with a property you didn’t even know was available by taking your search ‘offline’.

Use your list wisely

Jen McDonald’s top tip is to “make a realistic list and stick to it”. It is easy to fall for the charms of an inappropriate property and talk yourself into making an offer only to discover further down the line that you did actually need that extra bedroom or a better proximity to your workplace.

Think of the future

Finally, Leslie Henderson strongly suggests that you look ahead, “a place may work for you today but think of the future and what may happen to the size or your family and the value of your investment”. You may wish to consider schools, number of bedrooms and size of your backyard as well as looking at future development plans for the area.

 With these great tips, finding your dream forever home might seem that little bit more achievable.

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