Blame it on HGTV, but many first-time homebuyers have unrealistic expectations for the perfect home. You don’t want to settle, but you may need to make realistic concessions.
A “must have” for Jessica was a home with character. But when she and Brandon found a house that checked most of their boxes but lacked charm, she kept an open mind knowing Brandon’s father was handy and could add many of the architectural features she desired. Since moving in, her father-in-law has added crown molding, built a brick fireplace and helped remodel the kitchen. (Yeah…that’s pretty handy!)
And poor Anna and Nathan? After taking a short break from house hunting, they came back refreshed and got lucky with Offer #14. Keeping an open mind worked in their favor, as Anna attributes their accepted offer to the fact that their soon-to-be new home was older and needed work so they didn’t face as much competition.
One last bit of advice for stressed-out new homebuyers: Be patient and persistent. Even in a super tight housing market, eventually you will find your home.