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Lyn Sims

Broker Associate

10 Suggestions to take the trauma out of Home Buying

10 Suggestions to Take the Trauma Out of Home Buying


  • Find a real estate professional who’s simpatico.  Home buying is not only a big financial commitment, but also an emotional one.  It’s critical that the buyers agent you choose is both skilled and a good fit with your personality.
  • Remember, there’s no 'right time' to buy, any more than there’s a 'right time' to sell.  If you find a home now, don’t try to second-guess the interest rates or the housing market by waiting.  Changes don’t usually occur fast enough to make that much difference in price, and a good home won’t stay on the market long.  
  • Don’t ask for too many opinions.  It’s natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas will make it much harder to make a decision.  Can I say that again - Don't ask for too many opinions.  
  • Accept that no house is ever perfect.  Focus in on the things that are most important to you and let the minor ones go.  
  • Don’t try to be a killer negotiator.  Negotiation is definitely a part of the real estate process, but trying to 'win' by getting an extra-low price may lose you the home you love.  
  • Remember your home doesn’t exist in a vacuum.  Don’t get so caught up in the physical aspects of the house itself—room size, kitchen—that you forget such issues as amenities, noise level, etc., that have a big impact on what it’s like to live in your new home.  
  • Don’t wait until you’ve found a home and made an offer to get approved for a mortgage, investigate insurance availability, and consider a schedule for moving.  Presenting an offer contingent on a lot of unresolved issues will make your bid much less attractive to sellers.  


  • Factor in maintenance and repair costs in your post home buying budget.  Even if you buy a new home, there will be some costs.  Don’t leave yourself short and let your home deteriorate.
  • Accept that a little buyer’s remorse is inevitable and will probably pass.  Buying a home, especially for the first time, is a big commitment, but it also yields big benefits.  
  • Choose a home first because you love it; then think about appreciation.  A home’s most important role is as a comfortable, safe place to live.


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