Picture this scenario… The market is hot, you need to find a home quickly, and homes in your price range are flying off the market. When the market is this hot, unfortunately sometimes this scenario is reality. But before you panic, consider these helpful hints to guide you in finding your dream home without losing your cool.
Find YOUR Agent
Let’s be honest, finding an agent today can be pretty easy. One Google search and you are done. However, the important thing is to find an agent that will be a great fit for you. To find the best agent for you, look at their reviews online. Zillow reviews can be a great way to learn about other people’s experiences with an agent. Another great way to find that perfect match is to meet with them in person (for example, a buyer consultation) and learn a little bit more about them as a realtor and on a personal level. After you meet with them in person, it may make you feel more comfortable when searching for your dream home.
Define Exactly What You are Looking For
One of the best things you can do to find a home quickly in a hot market is to define your search criteria. When your search criteria is too large, you will end up having a large list of homes that you want to see, but you may take too much time looking at homes that you would ultimately never buy. It wastes time that you could use to find the absolutely perfect home. On the other end of the spectrum, if your criteria is too small, you will have no homes to look at and that gets frustrating when you want to find a home quickly. Again, you could waste too much time looking for the absolute perfect home when you it could be outside your criteria.
To narrow down your criteria, be sure to have a solid list of things that are deal breakers (how many beds, baths, area of town) and give them to your agent. They will help you get a feel for what you can find in your price range. They can also find the best places to search for homes. After a while, if you still haven’t found what you are looking for, re-evaluate your criteria and try again. Your agent can be there to guide you every step of the way.
Be Prepared to Make a Decision
Once you find a home you really love, be prepared to make a decision. Obviously, you want to make an informed decision with the help of your agent, but be ready to decide if this is the one to write an offer on. Picture yourself living there in the future and if this home will meet all of your criteria.
In a market this hot, finding your dream home can be hard, but from the help of great agents like our team, a defined search, and quick decision making, it can become a reality. If you are looking right now and can’t seem to keep your cool, call our team at (719)354-7746 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to help you find the home of your dreams quickly and with the least amount of stress!