When you are at the point where you are looking at homes with a Realtor, it is important to realize a basic thing can occur. The first house you see could be the one that is perfect for you. Especially if you gave your Realtor a list of the features that were most important to you, and they entered this information into the Multiple Listing Service to filter out homes that matched your criteria.
Yes, it is always good advice to look at several homes and get a feel for an area. Seeing several homes will give you a feel for what the different homes are in the area, and what is available in your price range, school district, city, etc.
However, there is always a chance the first house you see could be the one that is perfect for you. It does not happen all the time, but it has happened so often with me that I feel it is important enough to mention.
Let's say that you line up to see 25 home in the process of choosing the right home for you. For the sake of example, let's say you have made arrangements with your Realtor to see this quantity of homes over a three day period.
As a buyer, you need to realize that the perfect home for you could be in that group, and it could be number one, number 11, or even number 25! I have seen it happen that the last one was the one that left no doubt that it was the right house for that buyer. However, I have also seen it happen that the first one was the perfect one too.
In some cases the buyer saw the house, knew it was perfect, and hesitated because they wanted to see the other group, and ended up losing the house to some other buyer who did not wait. So timing can be everything with house buying.
I had one buyer I worked with earlier this year that saw a home, and it was the first one we saw. He liked it, and we wrote an offer, but the buyer insisted on going really low with his offer despite my advice to do otherwise. His reasoning was that there were a lot of other houses available, and he wanted to take the chance on getting a great deal. It turned out the seller did not counter, but rejected his offer. They also received another offer at full price the next morning, and they accepted that one.
I took my buyer to see the other 20 some odd houses on the list over the next two weeks, and none compared to that first one for him. I listened to him asking me over and over again on several occasions if he could go back to the seller on the first one to get them to reconsider a full price offer, and it was not to be.
So, remember: The first house you see could be the one that is perfect for you. It does not mean it will happen, but be willing for it to happen, and be prepared to take the right steps if it does. Consult your Realtor on this as well, as it does happen.
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