How Many Pasadena Condos Do You Need to See Before You Buy?

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How Many Pasadena Condos Do You Need To See Before You Buy?


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How many Pasadena area condos do you need to see before you can make a decision to buy one?   Sometimes just the look on the face of the buyers gives me an indication -- you mean I need to buy a condo if I get in your car and see properties?  The point in asking this and other questions is to get an indication of your timing and your motivation in buying a Pasadena area condo, townhome, loft or single family home.   


A real estate coach gave me excellent advice many years ago --- ask this question:   if I listen to you very carefully and I find you everything you want -- location, size and price -- will you buy it?   What if it has 90% of everything you want?

Far from being a pushy kind of salesperson -- you can see that from the testimonials of my clients --  I do want to help you with the homebuying process.  If the decision is not to buy -- that’s okay but let’s be clear about the goal.    

Do you need to see a set number of properties before you make a decision to buy?  What is that number?  Why that number and not five more or five less?   

How many Pasadena condos(or townhomes, lofts or single family homes) do you need to see before you buy?

Michael Jacobs is a Realtor who serves the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley as well as the adjacent Northeast Foothill communities within the city of Los Angeles.   He can be reached at 818.516.4393 cell or michaeljacobs@coldwellbanker.com   


 

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Sharon Lee
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Michael-That is a good question. I know with my first and only house I wish I had looked more. I wish I had a realtor and people that were looking out for my interests and not their own and that I was not so naive but instead more knowledgeable. I could have saved myself lots of grief. Knowing more now I would say it would depend on how soon I wanted to buy and what I would need for it to be a safe, comfortable and wasn't another money pit and a place where the neighbors were decent and not loud and disruptive to my peace of mind.

August 05, 2012 10:16 AM
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Dick Greenberg
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New Paradigm Partners LLC

 

Hi Michael - That's an interesting approach to discussing a buyer's commitment to the process - it gets the buyers to think about many of the issues they will be dealing with. I like it and plan to try it out.

August 05, 2012 10:37 AM
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Belinda Spillman
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Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC

Michael.  I bet people have a hard time answering that question.  I frequently get folks who are so frustrated because they love the first home they see but feel that they can't buy it until they have seen everything. 

August 05, 2012 10:44 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Hello Sharon - it sounds as if your experience was frustrating.   When I work with buyers, especially first time home buyers, I like to meet with them to ask questions about their expectations and what is important to them in a home and in the community.  Someone with a 100 pound dog is probably not going to want a condo without any outdoor space and a person who spends 80 hours a week working isn't likely to want an a labor-intensive yard.    Thanks, as always, for your thoughts and comments -- I hope you are having an enjoyable Sunday afternoon.

Hi Dick -- I have been known to use "So did you bring your checkbook today?" as I greet them in front of a house too --- can't always hide my snarky comments.

Hey Belinda -- I have heard(as I know many have) -- "we'll know it when we see our perfect house".  Okay, that's great for you but if you let me know what will make it the one --- you know, some parameters I can help you find it quicker or let you know if it is realistic.   

 

August 05, 2012 10:56 AM
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Howdy and morning Michael

Michael my friend, Home Buyers and Agents sure will fine this blog post to be helpful, whether the Buyer is looking for a Condo or a House.

Have a good one 

Dale in New Hampshire

August 05, 2012 11:25 AM
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Michael, I always ask "did you bring your checkbook?" when I know people are a bit apprehensive.....breaks the ice...ninety per cent of the time! I am not pushy as long as we are all on the same page that the goal is to buy the property that meets most of the buyers requirements!If we find it and they do not jump on it....than it is time for a discussion....

August 05, 2012 11:34 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Hi Dale -- thanks for stopping by and commenting.  Hope you are having a great New England summer day.

Endre -- yes, it is an ice breaker and when said in the right context can lead to a honest discussion.   You and I appear to be very much on the same page when it comes to this topic.   Take care and thanks for stopping by.  

August 05, 2012 11:47 AM
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Don Sabinske
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Ah, the age=old question.  However, people who work with me must not be wishy-washy.  I am a TYPE A to the max.  Show four and five and BUY. 

You have my sympathy when people just want to LOOK and LOOK.  But, you are very capable and can get them to make  a decision..whether it is to buy or find someone else to keep them company when they are tire-kicking.

August 05, 2012 02:03 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Hi Don --- you are funny --- I've worked with buyers over the years who have looked at quite a few homes but they were very specific in the requirements and we were not together every week --- when the right home hit, they bought.   In our current market where multiple offers are once again becoming more common -- it may take some time to actually "get" their home but I'm okay with that as long as they are making the right effort.   

August 05, 2012 02:17 PM
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Michelle Cooks
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services

Butttt I need to see them all to make sure I don't miss anything.

August 05, 2012 03:49 PM
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Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260

Michael - Great post.  My favorite is "I'll know it when I see it and I just don't want to miss out on something better if we don't see them all". 

August 05, 2012 05:34 PM
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Morgan Evans
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Douglas Elliman Real Estate

It's always interesting how this works out, I think it comes down to motivatation, how long somebody has to look for a property, their price range and how open they are to the advice they are given.

 

August 06, 2012 07:11 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Charles - ah, yes that response too!

Laura -- and I'll ask -- are you looking to look or looking to buy?

Morgan -- exactly!

August 06, 2012 08:58 AM
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Roy Kelley
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Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger

You have posed a very difficult question.  In some markets, buyers might need to look at many properties and in other markets only a few that meet the basic requirements are available.  

In our market, in Maryland, the selection is limited.




August 06, 2012 10:10 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Hello Roy -- your market in Maryland appears to mimic the current Pasadena inventory of homes for sale -- very limited!   Multiple offers and homes selling over the list price is not uncommon so the number of properties that may meet a buyer's requirements is rather limited -- there is certainly a need for compromise.   

August 06, 2012 10:18 AM
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