Buying A Home? 3 Things Buyers Should Try To Ignore

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When I put my house on the market, nobody told me about the flurry of real estate agent meetings, showings, open houses, and staging appointments. When you add the paperwork, I was overwhelmed. After the process was over and I left the closing, I decided to create a website that focused on all of those things that I didn't know I'd have to do. My goal for this site is to make sure that other first-time sellers have a resource to learn what they can expect from the sale and closing process. I hope that the posts here help you prepare for your first sale with the confidence of an old pro.

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Buying A Home? 3 Things Buyers Should Try To Ignore

7 February 2018
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When you're in the market to buy a home, there are a lot of things that can be off-putting. However, it is important that you don't let these things bother you. Keep in mind that sellers do not have to make sure that their homes are in tip-top shape before an open house or before a buyer comes to look at them. However, that laziness can lead to an upside for you, as a buyer. So, when shopping for your ideal home, here are three things that may make you turn your side, but don't let them keep you from making an offer if you like the home itself:

1. Strange-Colored Walls, Weird Wallpaper, and/or Filthy Carpet

As a general rule, buyers are looking for a home that is ready to move in. Buyers are busy with their regular lives to buy a home that needs renovating, especially millennial buyers. However, the thing with carpets that need to be replaced or walls that need to be painted is that neither of these take a lot of your time nor are they overly expensive. In many cases, they can be done before you move in without adding a lot of extra time.

2. Rooms Being Used for Odd Purposes

It is not at all uncommon for some people to turn a dining room into an office or to have a guest bedroom as a craft room. For some, these things can be turn-offs. People turn rooms into spaces that best suit them. While they may seem strange to you, you need to remember that you don't live there and that they do. Once the seller moves out and you move in, you can transform the space into anything that you desire – often in a day or less, depending on how drastic of a change the seller had made.

3. Strong Seller Presences

When a seller fails to de-personalize their home before putting it up on the market, it can be very difficult for a buyer to visualize themselves in the home. The same is true when the seller is constantly present at the home when it is being shown. It makes some buyers feel uncomfortable and keeps them from truly seeing the home for what it is. Both of these things can often cause a home to sit on the market for an extended period of time. Luckily, buyers can use this to their advantage and get the home for below the seller's asking price.