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Buying a Home

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Buying a home is often an emotional decision. The buyer enters the home and loves the smell of cookies, the staging, and the clean, move-in ready home. I have had buyers fall in love with a home because it had a 5 burner gas stove or a window seat in the master bedroom. I have also had buyers not buy a home because the bedroom was painted bright purple with pink poke a dots.

You are spending thousands of dollars on a large long term asset that will hopefully increase in value over time. With that being said, I always advise my clients to stand on the front porch and look out as much as they look in. All the stuff on the inside—paint, flooring, appliances, etc., they can change.   They cannot however force the neighbor to paint their purple house (unless they are part of an HOA) or get rid of the 6 cars that are always parked across the street. It pays to take into consideration things that are more important like drainage, the way the house sits on the land, noise, power lines, traffic, and the condition of the neighborhood—is it improving or degrading.

In addition, a buyer should attempt to learn all they can about the house. Have there been insurance claims on the property, and if so has the work been completed? Has there been any work done on the house that required permits, if so were the permits properly pulled? How old is the roof, heat and air, and hot water tank?

A buyer should always think about resellability. So many times I have had buyers tell me that they are purchasing their final home and they do not intend to move again only to call me back 5 or 6 years later and say they are ready to sell. Things change, people change, circumstances change. You may need to resell the home so look to make sure the house is not so unique or unusual that others will not fall in love with it also.

As a seasoned agent, I tend to point out things that a buyer may over look. The buyer may decide that they love the house on the main street because they love to sit and watch the traffic in the morning. Or they may not care that the property requires flood insurance because the house backs up to the pond and has an amazing view. My job is to educate my buyers as best as possible about what they are buying and then they can make the best decision for themselves.

If you are needing information regarding real estate, please call me at 405-213-2992 or visit my website at http://www.sandiwalker.com

Buying a home is often an emotional decision. The buyer enters the home and loves the smell of cookies, the staging, and the clean, move-in ready home. I have had buyers fall in love with a home because it had a 5 burner gas stove or a window seat in the master bedroom. I have also had buyers not buy a home because the bedroom was painted bright purple with pink poke a dots.

You are spending thousands of dollars on a large long term asset that will hopefully increase in value over time. With that being said, I always advise my clients to stand on the front porch and look out as much as they look in. All the stuff on the inside—paint, flooring, appliances, etc., they can change.   They cannot however force the neighbor to paint their purple house (unless they are part of an HOA) or get rid of the 6 cars that are always parked across the street. It pays to take into consideration things that are more important like drainage, the way the house sits on the land, noise, power lines, traffic, and the condition of the neighborhood—is it improving or degrading.

In addition, a buyer should attempt to learn all they can about the house. Have there been insurance claims on the property, and if so has the work been completed? Has there been any work done on the house that required permits, if so were the permits properly pulled? How old is the roof, heat and air, and hot water tank?

A buyer should always think about resellability. So many times I have had buyers tell me that they are purchasing their final home and they do not intend to move again only to call me back 5 or 6 years later and say they are ready to sell. Things change, people change, circumstances change. You may need to resell the home so look to make sure the house is not so unique or unusual that others will not fall in love with it also.

As a seasoned agent, I tend to point out things that a buyer may over look. The buyer may decide that they love the house on the main street because they love to sit and watch the traffic in the morning. Or they may not care that the property requires flood insurance because the house backs up to the pond and has an amazing view. My job is to educate my buyers as best as possible about what they are buying and then they can make the best decision for themselves.

If you are needing information regarding real estate, please call me at 405-213-2992 or visit my website at http://www.sandiwalker.com

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