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June 09, 2008


S. Garrett

Great Insight! I was the same way when I first looked at my current house @ Show Low Bluff in Northern Arizona...

Right away I fell in love and wanted to say, "I'll take it!" right there on the spot. Luckily I was wise enough to step back from the situation and figure out if it was really the right choice for me.

In the end it was, but I felt 100% confident in my decision knowing that I had put much time and thought into the purchase.

Bonnie Erickson

Joe, You're so right about not seeing it coming. How many times have I shown a house that my clients did not expect to like and it was "THE" house! It's so easy to be caught unawares. I've also found this true of new construction models as they're decked out in their formal finery, but when the client gets their stripped down actual house, it seems very plain.

Joseph Ferrara.sellsius

So very true. Nobody realizes the emotional pull of a house you just fall in love with. And like other love, you never see it coming. Being pre-qualified will make the "I do" doable.

Bonnie Erickson

Welcome, Jay. It's really true about those romantic ideas. In my property management days, studies were done comparing how many tenants chose an apartment based on having a pool. It was a significant number, but then the study went on to determine how many actually USED the pool they wanted and most did not. I was one of those renters myself. Only once was I in our apartment pool! The same is true of house hunting. The reality many times does not match our fantasy of how we will use the house.

Vancouver realtor

Very nice article! Really, buying a new home is one of the most important things you are doing during your life. Consider it very well! It's not only about that lovely romantic fireplace, or big pool in the garden. You have to see your house a part of environment, of some neighborhood. Only then you can choose the right one!

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