Playing the Match Game

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

As a home buyer client in the past who looked at too many houses in person and not from virtual tours or the Internet, I can relate to what I call the "Match Game." Buyer Agents are tasked with inputting Buyer requirements into the MLS and seeing what pops up. You know the drill - Four bedrooms, three baths, 1/3 acre lot, 2 car garage, No pool, blah, blah, blah. This idea of playing matchmaker to current inventory only goes so far. From someone who looked at too many houses over too much time as a buyer myself, there needs to be a complement to playing Matchmaker.

The reason I bring this up is because I did learn that THERE IS NO PERFECT HOUSE. Even when I built my perfect house it wasn't perfect. The builder told me so. The complement to playing the Match Game is to decide on the five "Must Haves" in the criteria. They may change as you see neighborhoods, landscapes, shopping areas, but add the five "Must Haves" and you will winnow things down quite a bit.

The reason the Four bedroom, three bath approach doesn't work all the time is a word called COMPROMISE. Sometimes you will as a buyer take a smaller backyard to be in a better school district. Sometimes you will drive further to work so that your house out in the rural subdivision can provide you with the treed backyard you've always dreamed about.

Flexibility is the key to REALTORS and clients playing the Match Game properly. That, and quite a bit of searching online before loading up in the car and heading out. AND a knowledgeable REALTOR that knows the inventory. I would say a very valuable "enhanced" service of a great REALTOR is the ability to play Matchmaker to the hilt. Zeroing in on the correct properties in the minimal amount of time. It takes time to be good at this game. But one who hones their craft gets better at it each day.

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Jennifer Esposito
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This is so true.  It is also important to find out why they want certain things.  So many people think they need that extra bedroom for a home office when a loft or finished room in the basement will work. 

Some people get so caught up in the 'looking' part they lose focus. 

October 23, 2007 12:39 PM
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M. Suzi Woods (Gravenstuk)
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It helps to not only know the area, but to have an agent willing to preview properties. No one can depend on MLS descriptions.
October 23, 2007 05:54 PM
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Suzi, I'm glad you agree with the idea that previewing properties is stronger than looking thru the MLS. Off the top of your head you know what's INSIDE a house, and the pluses and minuses of the property. It does take time to do this but you become MORE of a residential expert than those who haven't done previews.
November 04, 2007 02:28 PM
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Pat: You're probably very good at playing the match game with buyers and houses, and also with people in your life. Look all who you've matched up with here including Debi B. who is one of your favorites. I am so happy for you Pat. Spread that infinite love you have inside you around.

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