It has taken a couple of months, but you are now walking up the stairs and into your new home. It’s actually a little bigger than you thought and you can’t wait to paint the kitchen, replace the carpet, get the FiOS set up, and turn in the keys at the old place. Maybe even take a dip in the pool!
Nice story, but this is the type of mental image that I want my home buyer clients to have in their minds before we start looking for houses. Setting a goal is important and visualizing the ideal or “perfect scenario” makes it seem a little less intimidating.
Home buying is a rough sport at any level:
- retirement (move-out).
The primary complaint that I hear from today’s home buyers is… there is nothing to buy! Well, there are homes to buy depending on the region of the country you are in, and many of those homes may be short-sales (where the seller is asking the bank to forgive his loan for less than he owes) or foreclosed homes (a bank is the owner and seller). In either case, these homes may have issues like needing a lot of updating or fixing up, being sold strictly “as-is”, or the sale is a long-shot to ever get to settlement.
Even with the $8,000 first time home buyer credit, a home that needs all new appliances or carpeting isn’t that attractive. And a first time home buyer may understand why some homes went into foreclosure, like homes overlooking the Beltway or backing to an industrial area. And many people feel uneasy about buying anything for $400,000+ strictly “as-is” – yes, they ain’t fixin’ nuthin’.
Okay, these scenarios may have scared some of you away but for the person looking for a good home at a discount (from even 1 year ago) and a mortgage rate around 5% then this is the perfect opportunity. Yes, the affordability index is off the charts.
I tell clients to not get emotionally attached to any home until we have completed the home inspection. This is always a contingency included in my client’s offers because our contract specifically states that “the Purchaser may void the contract” after the inspection. It is make or break time… we have a contract, is it still worth it? If not, then we submit the notice to the Seller declaring the contract void and the home buyer is back looking for better options.
By having a clear picture of what you want the end to look like, making the decision to move on to another home will be much easier.