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10 Ways to Know You Found the Right House

Should You Sleep on it Before Buying a House?

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That little voice inside your head will tell you when you have found the right house, and it will be in harmony with your heart.

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Many first-time home buyers wonder how they will know when they have found the right house. Here are 3 preliminary things you should know about finding the right house:

  • First, a good real estate agent will never talk you into buying a house.
  • Second, you will instinctively know it.
  • Third, you will want to sleep on it. Don't.

If You Have Found the Right House, Can You Sleep On It?

Right now you're probably wondering how you will know that you have found the right house if you don't sleep on it. What's wrong with sleeping on it? Everything is wrong with sleeping on it.

Have you heard the phrase: shuffle your feet, lose your seat? Somebody else could buy your house out from under you while you're counting sheep. You're not the only home buyer looking for a house to buy with your specific criteria. You might not know it, but there are other home buyers with similar intentions looking at homes today in the very neighborhoods where you want to buy.

The last thing you want to hear your buyer's agent say is another buyer made an offer and it was accepted minutes before your offer was submitted. Unless you're buying a brand new home, there is not another home around the corner just like the home that now you can't buy. When you find that house, buy it.

10 Ways to Know You Have Found the Right House

  • You Want to Go Inside the House

    Part of the excitement of looking at homes is not knowing which could be your new home when you pull up to the curb. Is it the one on the left, or does the house on the right strike your fancy? If it is the house on the right, and you like it better than the house on the left, that could be a sign. It means there is something about this house that appeals to you.

  • The House Embraces You the Moment You Enter

    Within 3 seconds of entering the house, you will know whether it feels warm and comforting. Does it seem to speak to you? Does the house invite you to explore? Does it feel, well . . . right?

  • You Don't Feel Funny in the Bathroom

    Sometimes buyers feel so uncomfortable near a bathroom that they won't walk into the room. They are afraid to let their feet touch that bathroom floor. They will stand outside, grab the door frame, and poke their heads in for a minute. If you can walk into the bathroom and feel compelled to open the shower door or stroke the vanity marble, this is your house.

  • You Are Possessive About the House

    Maybe your agent points out a flaw and says, "There is a stain in the kitchen sink," and you want to slap her face for saying something so mean about this house. You want to defend every flaw you see. If you even see the flaws, because right now, flaws do not matter.

  • You Begin to Envision Furniture Arrangement

    If you walk into the master bedroom and immediately see your bed against a particular wall, this might be your house. If you find yourself thinking that the living room window is a perfect spot to put a tree come Christmas, you're already hooked.

  • You Can See Yourself Painting a Wall Your Favorite Color

    Perhaps deep purple is not your favorite color. Maybe it's blue. Maybe you're thinking those purple walls in the kid's room would look better in a blue jean color. In fact, you might even know the name of the paint color you plan to use.

  • The House Fits Your Basic Needs

    The dynamics might not hit every bullet point on your list, but it meets the basic requirements. The house has the number of rooms and space you need. Maybe it doesn't have a garage, and in a flash of enlightenment you realize that buying a house with a garage is not important. Maybe you suddenly realize you could build a garage.

  • You Want to Stop Looking at Other Homes

    All of the other homes you've been looking at no longer appeal to you. The homes on that list you've been carrying around seem insignificant. Moreover, the homes you had previously rated a #8 have now fallen to a #2 rating. The homes you have seen pale in comparison. You would feel like a traitor if you went to see other homes.

  • You Can't Wait to Brag About This House to Your Friends

    It would not be unusual for you to snap a few photos and text message your best friend before you've finished touring the home. You feel excited. The excitement seems to manifest itself. You shoot more photographs.

  • Every Thought in Your Mind Tells You to Buy That House

    Except for that nagging little thought that wonders if you should sleep on it, every other thought in your head says this is the perfect house for you. You are consumed. You can't think about anything else apart from owning this house.

At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, DRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

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