The Revised Search
After the Education Tour, you’ll have more insight into what meets your needs and what you like and don’t like. This will help you and your agent to confirm, narrow, or shift the criteria of your search so that you can weed out properties that don’t meet your requirements before you even go to see them.
Education tours help us find out what buyers actually want, and that might be different than what they initially thought. Tweaking your search is import at any stage of the buying process; however, we find that refining your search right after each tour is most crucial.
The goal is to clarify what you want enough at the beginning stages of your search because if the right property is currently available, you are equipped to buy it (without buyer’s remorse).
Refining the Auto Search Parameters
Once your agent has gone through and made changes to your Auto Search and you’re ready to seriously look (and write an offer if the right property is out there), you’ll go through the revised list of options and pick favorites. Then you can go out and find the house you hope to call home.
A quick note on the “right” house… There is more than one. Sometimes the “right” house sells before they get a chance to buy it (or something comes up in home inspection, etc.) and the buyer is sad or disappointed that it didn’t work out because they thought it was the one. But I’ve noticed over the years that it ALWAYS works out! A better option or another equally good option inevitably comes and they are just as happy or often even happier with it.
So trust that it will be ok. Don’t get complacent and expect a house to wait around for you because the other thing we see is that if you like a house, another buyer is probably going to like it too, but things work themselves out!
Coming up: The Offer
Keep communicating with your agent, updating them on your needs and wants as they change so you find the house that is right for you. Once you’ve found it, the next step is to make an offer! How much is the property worth and how do you present the offer? We’ll tell you in the next blog, The Offer.