How Many Homes Do I Have to See Before I Find THE ONE?

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Real Estate Broker with Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

How Many Homes Do I Have to See Before I Find THE ONE?

House hunting varies from buyer to buyer.  I have taken some buyers out that have seen one or two homes and knew immediately that they had just seen THE ONE.  Others, I have taken to sixty homes and they struggle to find the one to call home.  It is a process that you can't rush.

Having a list of must haves certainly helps to narrow down what works for you, and what doesn't.  While you may not be able to say YES to a home right away, saying NO to the ones that don't work for whatever reason is just as important.  Every time you say no to a home that doesn't work for you, you are leaving the door open for the one that will fit you best.

Often, as the house hunt progresses, buyers will learn that some of the things they thought they liked, they don't.  And some of the things they thought would be deal breakers aren't at all. Whatever you do, be kind to yourself and your individual process.  You may not have an overblown reaction to THE ONE when you finally see it.  There may not be fireworks, but rather a peaceful feeling in your gut and the ability to see yourself living there.

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Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker- Licensed in Virginia, GRI, SFR, Northern Virginia Short Sale Specialist. Affiliated with Long & Foster, 7526 Limestone Drive, Gainesville, VA 20155.  To contact Chris Ann, call 703-402-0037 or email chrisann@LNF.com.  Or you can visit her website:  www.nvarealestate.net.

Header photos taken by Chris Ann Cleland.

The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.

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Donna Foerster
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Good advice Chris Ann.  It's different for every buyer.  It will also depend on where they want to live and what's available that meets their criteria.

April 08, 2012 04:26 PM
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Belinda Spillman
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Chris Ann.  I love the transformation we get to experience when a buyer finds a home they love.  Its like a light goes on.  Very cool.

April 08, 2012 06:10 PM
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Scott Godzyk
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Chris Ann that is a great question, i have to ay that many buyers often fall in love with the first home they see, many often are told to see other homes and then the first one gets solkd to someone else.

April 09, 2012 07:17 AM
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Bill:  It's only happened to me once that a buyer purchased the one home they saw.  Another time, a buyer saw two and picked one.  That's certainly not the norm.

Cindy:  It's interesting to see the wants and needs change when they see the homes that offer what they thought they needed and wanted.

JoAnn:  And in that case, as with real estate, as long as your family and friends don't talk you out of it.  I hate that about that show...and real estate transactions.

LaNita:  I think I saw only six or seven before narrowing that down to three for my husband to pick one.

April 09, 2012 07:48 AM
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Elizabeth:  Yeah.  Curb appeal isn't everything.  However, if you drive into a neighborhood that for, whatever reason is giving the buyer a negative vibe, it's probably not worth it to not go inside.  But if it is just curb appeal, that can be changed.  

Donna:  To an extent, that's true.  There certainly isn't a lot of inventory in my neck of the woods, and hasn't been since last fall.  Still, I've had buyers looking that long despite seeing home after home that meets their needs. 

Belinda:  I love seeing that light go one.

Scott:  I'd say the average in my market is between twenty and thirty homes for most buyers before they are comfortable moving forward.

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