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Take the Stress Out of Homebuying
Barbara J. Beck
/ Realtor
813-528-6526
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1. Find a real estate agent who you connect with. Home buying is not only a big financial commitment, but also an
emotional one. It’s critical that the REALTOR® you chose is both highly skilled and a good fit with your personality.


2. Remember, there’s no “right” time to buy, just as there’s no perfect time to sell. If you find a home now, don’t try to
second-guess interest rates or the housing market by waiting longer — you risk losing out on the home of your
dreams. The housing market usually doesn’t change fast enough to make that much difference in price, and a good
home won’t stay on the market long.

3. Don’t ask for too many opinions. It’s natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas from
too many people will make it much harder to make a decision. Focus on the wants and needs of your immediate family
— the people who will be living in the home.

4. Accept that no house is ever perfect. If it’s in the right location, the yard may be a bit smaller that  you had hoped.
The kitchen may be perfect, but the roof needs repair. Make a list of your top priorities and focus in on things that are
most important to you. Let the minor ones go.

5. 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 or by refusing to budge on your offer may cost you the home you love. Negotiation is give
and take.

6. 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, etc. — that you forget about important issues as noise level, location to amenities, and other
aspects that also have a big impact on your quality of life.

7. Plan ahead. Don’t wait until you’ve found a home and made an offer to get approved for a mortgage, investigate
home insurance, 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.

8. Factor in maintenance and repair costs in your post-home buying budget. Even if you buy a new home, there will be
costs. Don’t leave yourself short and let your home deteriorate.

9. Accept that a little buyer’s remorse is inevitable and will probably pass. Buying a home, especially for the first time,
is a big financial commitment. But it also yields big benefits. Don’t lose sight of why you wanted to buy a home and
what made you fall in love with the property you purchased.

10. Choose a home first because you love it; then think about appreciation. While U.S. homes have appreciated an
average of 5.4 percent annually over from 1998 to 2002, a home’s most important role is to serve as a comfortable,
safe place to live.
Do you need your
home sold? Call me,
Barbara J. Beck
813-528-6526