Happy Valentine's Day! Last February, I wrote a blog by the same titile. One year later, however, I find that much of the romance has gone out of buying a home. A year and a half of recession has taken the spontanaity out of buying a house. Gone are the days of "I love it. I'll take it!" Today, people want to over analyze their decisions to ensure a perfect match and a logical fit. These are avoidance tactics. They are having trouble commiting to the relationship.
Enter the match maker, a. k. a., the Realtor. Never has it been more important to stress that we know how to find the perfect house, based on what our clients tell us. We know how to stick to budgets, pick neighborhoods based on amenities such as transportation and shopping, and find the best looking house on the block. It's time to take control and stress our expertise. I know that people are stressed out about things like job retention, but they have to live somewhere. And rents are sky high here in New Haven County. By the time you factor in the tax savings that come with home ownership, the cost of owning is equal to renting.
I'll be showing houses today. As I do, I will ask my buyers if they are ready to commit and if the house is a gift they can give to each other. I'll carry the Valentine theme as far as I can. Past experience shows that my homeowners are happy to have made the decision in the past. The joys of ownership overcome any stresses they felt while looking for a house. If their practical side emerges, then I'll say that they have six weeks to get a house on deposit or risk losing the $8000 first time homebuyers' tax credit. The timing is perfect for a relationship and a fresh start. Enjoy the day.