Choosing The Right Home


When it comes to buying a house, one of the most common fears buyers face is this: Am I choosing the right home?

Wondering if something better will come along is another common fear factor, oftentimes preventing buyers from making an offer on an ideal house. These questions echo the concerns I hear from my dating friends, as they wonder whether they should commit to one partner, or continue exploring their options.

Ultimately, whether you’re shopping for real estate or a new romantic partner, timing is everything.

I don’t believe there is only one person in the world who is right for you, and I also don't believe there is only one perfect home for you. If the home you are considering checks off many of your wish list boxes and satisfies your top priorities, then what’s stopping you from submitting an offer? Perhaps you need to step back for a moment and visualize yourself living in this property and community. Does it feel right to you? If the answer is yes, that’s a clear signal that you should step up to the plate and make an offer.

Is the house your soul-mate?

When it comes to house-hunting, you may also need to do a bit of soul-searching. This may entail learning more about the market to establish whether you’re really ready to plunk down a down payment on a particular home. Not only that, but you’ll need to factor in your monthly mortgage payments, taxes, and condo fees. In the end, the house should fit your needs, but you also should be emotionally and financially ready to fork over the cash to purchase that property.

Should I keep my options open?

The answer to this is yes - and no.

As the saying goes: when you’re looking for love, there are plenty of fish in the sea. And, as new homes come on the market, you may find a better fit for you, but you also may have passed on your dream home.

A good buyers’ agent will never pressure you to purchase a home. She will ask you the right questions to help you sift through your fears, and support you in making your own decision with confidence. Plus, once you buy your new home, you’ll be able to put your own stamp and personality on the house. With a little luck, you may have found your true love!

Ariel Szabo