Avoiding Home Buyers Remorse

By: Thomas Cook

Avoiding Home Buyers Remorse


Have you ever bought something but then, later on, found yourself regretting that purchase decision?  Well, it’s no big deal when you can easily return or exchange something like a pair of pants or even a leather purse.
A house, on the other hand, is much more permanent.  It’s not only the largest investment you’ll ever make, but it’s also the place you’ll come home to every day, and where you’ll spend years making life memories as your family grows.
There may be increasing pressure to make a quick decision in today’s fast-paced and competitive GTA real estate market, but it’s important to stay grounded throughout the home buying process.
Before you try to compete with other interested buyers and snag that ‘hot under-priced listing’, take a breath and follow these steps.
Stick To Your Home Requirements
Before you even start your search, make a list of your ‘must-haves’ in your new home.  If having a condo with a lake view is on the list but the suite faces into an interior courtyard, move on.  Don’t let yourself settle for a worn out kitchen and then end up making expensive renovations because it’s not exactly what you wanted.
Know Where You’ll Compromise
Note any items that are on your home Wish List, but you could live without.  There should be a couple of home features that you and your partner or spouse can compromise on.
Stand Your Ground
Even after you have made a decision to buy a specific home, don’t let yourself overlook major issues.  For example, if the inspector finds a cracked heat exchanger in the condo furnace or a cracked foundation in a house, you should either back out of the deal OR get the price lowered to reflect the cost of the repairs.
Keep A Clear Head
If you get stuck in a bidding war with another buyer, you need to ask yourself if you really want the home or if you just want to win the fight.  The last thing you want to do is end up substantially overpaying for a house that doesn’t completely satisfy all your needs.
Love The Home’s Proximity
You can change many things about a house or condo, but you can’t change the location.  Think about what you do every day in regards to where you live.  This includes where you work, where you have to take the kids for daycare or school, and where you do things for fun.
These are all very important factors to consider when buying a home and, most importantly, avoiding home buyer’s remorse.  Find a condo or a house you’ll love living in every day.  The less you want to change, the better!
Having a face-to-face Buyer Consultation is one of the best ways to start your home buying search.  We’ll ask you for a Wish List of your must-haves and would-likes and then compare that to actual listings that are on the market right now.
Text or email me and I’ll send you a link to the Wish List and we’ll get started building your home buying plan.
Thomas Cook


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