Home buying got you feeling like a college student taking a final that they haven’t studied for? Or frustrated about the aggressive market? Almost every home buyer feels stressed at some point in the home buying process. And according to Forbes, every 2 in 5 buyers described buying their first home as “the most stressful event in modern life.” Yikes. But there are things you can do to make the journey to buying a home easier and less stressful.
1. Inform yourself
The more you know about what you want and how you’re going to get there, the more prepared and less stressed you’ll feel. Talk to your friends and family who have recently bought a home and talk to your agent about the process. Get crystal clear on what you need in a home versus what you really want before you start looking, and determine what are your non-negotiables are! Also be sure to have an accurate budget and make sure you know your numbers before you start your home search.
2. Work with the right professionals
Buying a home is a team effort. There’s you, your agent, your lender, and all the other people supporting you. The quality of a team makes a major difference, so make sure your team is up to snuff. For a list of our preferred partners who can bring value to your home buying team – check out our preferred partner page here!
3. Rely on your agent
Your agent is there to help you, full stop – So use them! Whatever you’re worried about, they’ll likely have both a funny story and an answer. Be sure to choose an agent who is available and committed to provide excellent service. The current market is a tough one, and you want an agent who is on your side, and readily avaialble! You should be communicating with your client regularly during the buying process and update them if your needs or finances change.
4. Be Patient
The old cliche stands: patience is a virtue. Buying a home is a marathon, not a sprint. If the process is taking longer than you originally planned, it’s okay. You’re likely buying a property for the long haul, so it makes sense that the buying process would take some time. All the time you spend finding the perfect place for you is well worth it in the end!
Keeping these things in mind will make your home buying experience so much easier. Still stressed about something? Give us a call and let’s talk it out!