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Your Home Buying Experience


No one wants to have a bad experience when they purchase a home. However, sometimes things don't go as smoothly as planned. Here are three things you can do to make your home buying experience better:

Tune Out The Crowd

When you’re buying a home, you need to tune out all the distractions. Purchasing a home can be stressful. Things can compound when you listen to bad advice, especially from well intentioned family members and friends.

“Why did you do that?”

“When I bought a home, I did this...”

Receiving bad information could ruin your home buying journey. Remember, this is your journey and not theirs.

One of the first steps to buying your home is to hire a Realtor. It’s important your Realtor can advise, educate, and or guide you through the home buying process, and he or she is fiduciary to you. When “you-know-what” hits the fan, your Realtor should be one of the first people to step up to the plate.

Reflect On Your Experiences

Buying a home can be a journey. It’s not uncommon for the process to take months or even a year.

It’s important you reflect on your experiences. For example, say your offer wasn’t accepted. What could you and your Realtor have done better? There’s a bunch of variables that you need to take into account.

Was it a price thing? If so, you need to offer more (or get gift funds to increase your purchase price).

Are you placing too much value on miscellaneous things? Inexperienced buyers will see small things, like a stain on the carpet, and freakout.

Our housing inventory is still low. Prime properties will sell in a heartbeat. Don’t be in denial about this. If you’re looking to buy, you have to give a 100% effort.

Enjoy It

Enjoy the journey. It’s that simple. People usually get excited when they want to purchase their first home. Then, some people get stressed out. In the big scheme of things, when you reflect back, buying your first home should bring back positive memories.

-RO

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Ryan Oda (RB-23073) is a Real Estate Advisor with Forward Realty (RB-19423) in Honolulu, HI.