Buying your first home can be stressful. There is just no way to avoid the fact that the average real estate transaction is fraught with stressful situations andÂ decisions–from looking at a number of homes trying to find one that has most of what you want, to getting beat out on that house you loved by another buyer, to negotiating with a seller that doesn’t seem to be interested in actually negotiating! Real estate is stressful.
And it doesn’t get any easier once it comes time to sell either!
Add to that the fact that every buyer and seller deals with self-doubt at some point during the process and you have a recipe for a not-so-fun time (family blog, so that’s the term I’ll use).
4 Tips for a Stress-Free Real Estate Transaction
Your real estate transaction shouldn’t turn into a nightmare however! And it doesn’t have to! There are a few things you can do to make it much more enjoyable experience.
1) Manage your Expectations.
Real Estate IS Stressful!
Your real estate transaction WILL be difficult at times because there many moving parts. You have to rely on a number of people and they all have to do their job (which frankly doesn’t always happen as it should). So,Â go in knowing things won’t allows be easy, because they won’t be!
Fantasy vs Reality
As well, understand that what you want to buy might not be available in your price range. Or that you might not be able to sell your home for what you think its worth. Your expectations need to be set by the market and not by you.
2) Rely on Your Agent.
Understand the Process
Since you are reading this, lets pretend I’m your agent (no,Â seriously, I’m your agent). I spend every day helping people buy and sell homes in Boise. I am a gold mine of experience and knowledge for you! And although your mom and dad, cousin, best-friend and favoriateÂ acquaintanceÂ just sold their home, your experience will be different from theirs!Â I can help you understand what to expect and what you need to be doing (or not doing) to get through this process!
Ask Questions. Ask a lot of Questions!
I want you to ask me questions. Even the “dumb” questions! The truth is I’m not sure what you know and what you don’t; but I’m ALWAYS happy to answer your questions! If you get frustrated with the available homes you’re finding on your own, ask me to sit down with you and lets look at the MLS together so you can see what’s out there. If you are wondering how your home is being marketed, ask me what is being done to get your home sold! If you are STILL confused about what a short sale is: ASK! That’s, in part, why I’m here.
3) Focus on your Final Goal.
The truth is, I didn’t convince you to buy or sell (unless you are a family member or a close friend… then I may have). You have goals and dreams that you want to accomplish by doing what you are doing. Focus on the outcome. Keep the stressfulÂ decisionsÂ in context to what your overall goals are! It can be easy to get side tracked byÂ ultimatelyÂ unimportant details in the heat of a transaction.
4) Take Care of Yourself.
When you are in the process of buying or selling a home most of your “margin time” is sapped up with viewing houses or leaving your house while someone else views it, etc. But you still need to take care of yourself during this process. Exercise. Eat better than you usually do. Treat yourself to a massage, a pedicure, a beer with the guys! Trust me, taking care of yourself will help put things into focus.
These 4 tips will help you have a fantastic real estate transaction and will also have the added bonus of making my life better too! Ha!