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10 Benefits a Great Realtor will add to your Purchase Experience!

Congratulations! You have decided to take the steps to become a homeowner in today’s market. This is no small task and it can be overwhelming. Many new buyers start there search online on their own. In fact 82% of buyers start their search online. I understand that you do not want to be sold or bound to a Real Estate agent. I get it but you have to do your due diligence and hire a professional. Here are 10 benefites a great Realtor will add to your purchase experience:

1) Professional Advice – Real Estate agents are trained in the very thing you are looking to accomplish, Finding the right home. They can offer professional advice on Style, Location, and Price. They also have knowledge or professional contacts to make sure the structure, floor plan, area are all up to your standards. There is no substitute to Professional Advice.

2) No Cost to You – As a buyer you do not pay the commission of your selling agent. They are paid by the seller for finding you and selling the sellers home to you. It does not cost you anything. Their time they spend with you, the advice they give you, and all the additional benefits come at no expense to you until they find you the right home and you agree to buy it.

3) Negotiation – Realtors are skilled negotiators. A large portion of the job that they do is negotiating the right price and terms of your purchase. This can be the difference and to me very well could be the number one benefit.

4) Expanded Search – Agents not only have access to the local MLS but they also have access to a network of other agents that have inside knowledge on upcoming properties. This extends in most cases above and beyond their own company. Overtime Real Estate agents build strong relationships with colleagues. It is like water cooler talk. In the end you may be the beneficiary.

5) Knowledge of the Area – You may be familiar with the area that you are buying in and you may not. Agents are generally connected with the chamber of commerce, local churches, school associations and restaurants through their farm. Many agents concentrate on specific areas and know everything there is to know about that area.

6) Determine overall value to insure appropriate price –  Agents have knowledge of values and sale prices that are accurate in your market. It is their job to stay current with market values and sales in today’s market. There are two markets going on today: The normal market and the distressed REO market. Realtors can help you navigate the two markets and help you to determine the appropriate value or price you may offer.

7) Limit Liability – An agent can limit your liability and make sure that you are protected as a buyer. There are time frames, contingency periods that a buyer must meet and there are contractual obligations to meet. Your agent will guide you through this process and help you to make educated decisions regarding your liability.

8) Emotion Manager – The market today can be very stressful for a buyer. It is essential to control your emotions. You cannot get attached to a property. If you write an offer on a short sale it is essential to understand that you may be waiting for a long period of time and your agent will help set that expectation keeping your emotions in check.

9) Simple Explanations to Complex Issues – Your agent will break down complex situations so that you can understand them fully. It can be very overwhelming upfront but your agent will break down a complex process and help you to understand the little pieces. This will be a major life-changing event and the Real Estate agent will help simplify it.

10) Experience only time and transactions can provide – Your agent has seen nearly all the situations that you may encounter during your purchase. From uncovering a hidden defect, loan issues, property not appraising, title defects, zoning, septic, well, inappropriate disclosure, and many more. They are there to help you understand the concerns that may arise and help work through any situation they may not have experienced.

If you are in the Sacramento  Area or Sonoma County Area I recommend the following Real Estate Agents. I have worked with each and everyone of them at some point. In my opinion each of them comprises everyone of these benefits described above. Please contact me for their contact information as out of respect for them I will not post it.

Sacramento Area – Dayna Neuse Remax Gold Roseville , Peter Bond Remax GoldRoseville, Karen Wallace Lyon Real EstateRoseville, Robert Wallace Lyon Real EstateRoseville, Kevin Nakano Nakano Realty Elk Grove, Bryan Hill Pacific Coast RealtyRoseville, Nathan Novelo Connect Realty Antelope, George Snyder Lyon Real Estate Roseville and many others. I am sorry if I missed you here are there are too many of you too mention.

Sonoma County – Brook Terhune Platinum Real Estate Santa Rosa, Delia Nieto Coldwell Banker Santa Rosa, Larry Mitchell CPS Real Estate Santa Rosa.

In summary, it is imperative that you use the services of a qualified Real Estate agent. It is up to you to interview each and every Real Estate agent that you may want to work with. Determine who is a good fit for you. Communication is the key to every relationship and it is a two way street. Qualified Real Estate agents will help you have a successful buying experience.

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House Hunting Frustration Setting In! Solutions to help your cause!

Are you searching for a home in Roseville, California? Are you searching for a home in Sacramento, California? Are you searching for a home in Placer county? If so this is for you.

Buying your new dream home is absolutely a process. This process can take time. It can also be a numbers game. What I mean by that is you may have to write an offer on several homes before one sticks. I work buyers in the greater Sacramento and Sonoma county areas. Some of my buyers have been approved for a home loan for 6 months or more. What are they waiting for? They are waiting to find a home that fits. Price, Location, and style matches are important to every consumer.

Naturally I wanted to take a look at the statistics in February 2009 to see the trends of the market and why finding the right home may be so difficult. When doing the search I found the following statistics to answer a few of my questions:

Stat: 54.91% of the homes that were sold were sold in the first 60 days – Homes are moving and they are moving fast. If you are a buyer in the market you have to be willing to act fast.

Solution – As a consumer you have to know what all of your numbers are. You have to be aware of your max. You have to have a list of the must haves, wants, and not needed in your home. Know the Maximum you are willing to spend, the minimum credits you may need, have your down-payment lined up, and get approved with cushion in your rate to cover the volatility of the market.

Stat: 59% of the homes that were sold were bought with Conventional Financing – This was a surprising statistic for me at first and then I reviewed my closings 6 and realized that I was exactly 50% conventional and 50% FHA.

Solution: Conventional financing requires a minimum 5% down which is difficult to do most realistically 10% down. Mortgage insurance requirements are tightening greatly. FHA minimum down payment is 3.5%. They also allow a 6% seller credit while conventional allows for 3% unless you put 20% down or more.

Stat: 63% of the homes that sold were between 200K-400K – There is a lot of competition in certain price points. The inventory is not as think as it was because the moratorium on new bank owned properties. What this means to you is that if you are approved for 225K you should start your search at 200K. This would allow you to remain in the hunt if there are multiple offers. This will save you time in the long run. I have found that if you search at your max range and the counter for highest and best you are out. This is a contributing factor to the frustration.

Summary: Know your stats and your price range. Be prepared to fight the fight. If you want a home bad enough you will make sure that you are prepared. As professionals we are going to help you do this. Be prepared to have the talk about expectations and the list that you have of must haves. Are they really a necessity if so awesome let’s look but it could be a while. There are three main categories when looking for a home and those are:

Location – This is very important. Children’s schools, proximity to work, and of course the Local restaurants of the area. This is one that you you generally do not want to sacrifice on.

Price – You are approved for what you are approved for. That is why I recommend starting your search under your max and working your way up. It gives you the flexibility to compete.

Style – This is the layout and the number of baths, garages etc. This is the one that generally ends up being sacrificed. The reason is that the other two are real difficult to give up. This is why I think that it is imperative to have you lists of must haves and wants.

Many times you will sacrifice in a category. Have a plan for this as well. Widen your search and locations.

As Always thank you for Reading,

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Mortgage Locks: Certainly Uncertain! 3 Tips on locking your Mortgage.

When is the best time to lock in my mortgage rate? After all rates are at 3.95% are they not? Heck I think I should wait because the stimulus package is going to help me out and lower the rates to zero. My friend said that they got 4.5% yesterday and I want that rate. I heard that the fifteen year fixed mortgage is 4%. I read in the news that my loan can be modified to as low as 2% and I would like to do that right now can you help me.

OK, I am getting a little redundant but the point to all of the above ranting is simple. Rates are all over the map and they are custom tailored to the individual, the property, and the time that you are acquiring your loan. It is a common question to ask your professional is today the day that I should lock? If they state that absolutely without a shadow of a doubt today is the best day Run!

Larry Baer of Market Alert has this to say: The Market is always right! You and I are some of the time.

In layman’s terms that means to me that you will never be able to time the market and there will always be a rate lower than yours and there will always be a rate higher than yours. Here are three tips that will help you in your decisions to lock your mortgage:

1) If you like it, Lock it – I am a huge proponent of this tip alone. It is your mortgage and your payment that you have to live with for the next thirty years. If there is a payment that you are comfortable with and you like the rate then lock and never look back. Rates are changing by the minute. A swing is rate of a .5% for the worse on 200K is about $62 a month. We tend to think about how much it could go down but I encourage you to remember that we are at historically low interest rates and any rate is a good rate.

2) Don’t Share your business with Friends and Relatives – I am not saying not to be excited about your new home purchase but I am saying to be selective about your excitement. Comparing rates and down payments and programs is certain to hurt someones feelings. As I said before there are always lower and higher rates than your own. If you are the higher rate you wonder why and second guess a good thing and if your lower your celebration has caused others to second guess their dealings. How often do we share our retirement funds or down payment options, or income and credit? That is right we keep the information that tailors our mortgage to ourselves and shout out our rate. Only you and your family have to be excited about your finances and the rest of the world can remain in the dark.

3)  Ask your Broker or Banker about Float Down Policies or Rate Renegotiation Prior to Locking – Many of the wholesalers have taken a proactive approach to the market changes. They do not want to lose your business because that costs them money. In order to keep the loan active they are  sometimes willing to renegotiate the terms of your lock. Other wholesalers have a float-down policy in place. They will allow for a float-down of the rate to current market. There is almost always a cost to do this so consult with your Mortgage Broker or Banker on how this applies to your Mortgage.

Just Remember that your Mortgage is yours. It has to work for you and noone else. It is important to be educated and confident in your choices. Choose a Mortgage Professional that makes you feel comfortable with those decisions. You have made a great choice to buy in the current market environment. Take control of that choice be proactive in your education and trust your choices.

As Always thank you for reading,

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Spring board into your new home!

Spring is back and the weather is great! Well, let’s just say that the weather is getting better. It does not want to make up it’s mind. It is hot one day and then rainy the next. Today, here in Roseville, we got a little bit of both. We got rain and shine and we even had a rainbow and a leprechaun who must have gotten lost. All that being said I did see through the constant change some great for sale signs out there on some great properties.

Spring is Back!

Spring is Back!

It may be hard to get out there in a car and go look for a home when the rain is coming down and the clouds are dark. It can bring down the attitude and it can make the best of home look dreary. When the sun comes out everything looks a bit prettier and exciting. The flowers are blooming and the allergies are in full effect.

What makes buying a home right now such a great opportunity. It is not the weather although it certainly makes it a lot more enjoyable of a task. Well, there are a few reasons to make the move and spring board into your new home:

1) Extremely Low interest Rates – Historically speaking we are seeing all time lows in our rates. Rates have been in the mid 4’s and have consistently hovered around the high 4’s low 5’s. It cannot get better than that and if it does I am certain that there will be something going on that none of us would want to see.

Why Not?

Why Not?

2) Low Home Prices – The prices on homes today and nearly half of what they were in 2005. This is only four years ago. The affordability is back. If you take a look at price per square foot on many of the resales you will see that you could not build the home that you are looking at for that cheap.

Clearance

Clearance

3) First Time Buyers Credit of $8,000 – The federal government is willing to give you an $8.000 credit when you file your taxes. This is cash in hand that you can receive and the best part of it is that you do not have to pay it back. Get a rebate for your home purchase. Yes, It does smell a lot like cell phone rebates or car rebates.

Put them in your pocket!

Put them in your pocket!

4) New Home Purchase Credit of $10K in California – If you are in the state of California they will give you an additional 10K for buying a new home. This credit is payable over three years at $3,333 per year and the only requirement is too live in the home for three years. This does not have to be repaid either.

Never been lived in!

Never been lived in!

There are many other reasons to get in to your first home or to upgrade to a bigger home. I am sure that each and everyone of you can think of several reasons of your own. The reasons above are just a few that ring a bell to home-buyers that I work with. When fear is present in society opportunity lurks in the air. Cast away any fear that you may have and get a hold of your favorite Mortgage Broker and your Favorite Realtor and get out there and take advantage of the times. Spring  is back and it is time to Spring board in to your new home!

Loan Officer Selection: More confusing than the BCS?

All right the verdict is in and it is time to buy that first home. You have been waiting for this your entire life. You have pictured the home in so many ways. You have decorated the inside and decided on the yard decor. Whether it is you and your spouse or you alone or even if your parents are involved, it is such an exciting time. Whatever the team may be you begin to jump behind the computer and look at homes on line. You may even know a Real Estate agent or have a friend or relative that has referred one. You may have even taken a drive on the weekend to see the inside of that house that you have been eyeing and met the listing agent. Who Knows? One thing is for certain “It is time to buy a house!”

Buy me please!

Buy me please!

 

Fast Forward about two weeks or so and you have sat done with all those that will financially contribute to the home. You have discussed the affordable house payment if you will based on what you know that you take home. There are a few battles, maybe a budget , maybe not, you may have considered the increase in square footage also will increase the utilities or even may have thought about the down payment. You have also thought about how you would decorate and the schools that the kids would go to.  Restaurants have been taken into consideration and you get the point. What is missing from all the talk? How to get the MONEY!cash1

Choosing the right Loan Officer to help you finance the biggest purchase in your lifetime is the last thing that many homeowners think about. They think about the cost, the down payment, and look at homes that may be in the price range all before they find out who might help with this.

Disclaimer: This is not always the case but many times this is the truth as I have found it over the years so please do not get offended. If you do I am sorry in advance as this is not the intent!

After a client has viewed the homes on line or seen them in person the Real Estate agent that they have hired sits them down and says we really need to get you pre-approved. We will not be able to write an offer on a property that you may like until I have a letter of pre-approval from your lender. From here the conversation can go many ways:

1) Parent Referral- since my parents are going to co-sign they have suggested that we use the lender they have always used. This may or may not be ok. The parents may have used a bank, may have not needed FHA so their lender may not have this option, their lender and the kids may not click.

2) Friend of Family- We have a long time friend of the family that has always said to use them when it came to this point so we are going to call them. RUN! This is a recipe for disaster most of the time!

3) Realtor Referral – (my personal favorite because it is 70% of my new business.) The Realtor says I have a person that will be great for you and I would like you to talk to them. I will be the first to admit that I may not be the Loan Officer for everyone although I would like to be.

4) Referral from Someone you Trust- One of your closest friends has just had a wonderful experience or maybe they are a colleague but that is the way that you are going.

5) Referral from Retail Bank to Broker- (another large source of my business). Many banks do not do Government Loans so we get the run off as Brokers.

6) Found a lender on line (Yikes!) – many do some shopping on line and get a few quotes. This hardly ever works out.

I am certain that there are other ways that clients choose to find the person that they will use to deliver the money but these are a few that I run across often.

Why then is the selection process of one of the most important decisions seem so random? It seems to be done so nonchalantly or the opposite it is an interrogation of fees charged and based solely on the lowest cost. Two opposite extremes and why it seems to be like the BCS Confusing!

For those that do not follow college football the BCS stands for Bowl Championship Series. Through sophisticated algorithms teams are ranked based on wins, losses and the quality of their opponents. This ranking helps the selection committee choose who should play for the National Title. This is the pinnacle of College Football. This is the very highest achievement a college football team and school can attain. They play their hearts out all season and the decision is left to an algorithm.

Short Soap Box: I once had a potential client tell me that they had a list of ten candidates and that I made the top two on the spreadsheet only to be told that I was the first loser. The consolation prize. The reason was that in the end the other guy was $200 cheaper but they liked me a lot better. HMMMMMM!

Choosing the right Loan Officer can be a daunting task and one of the most important decisions that you will have to make. In 2009 and moving forward there should be some criteria to how you choose. If you are referred by someone you should ask some questions and even meet with the Loan Officer to determine your level of comfort. I tell each and every client when we get together that this is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and determine if we are a good fit to work together. Ask questions and let the Loan Officer answer them. This is what we are here for you. To help make the process as smooth and understandable as possible.

In conclusion, maybe the decision of a Loan Officer requires a little more thought. Do not let the committee determine who you are comfortable with. Many of the new homes will try to get you to use their lender. If you are not comfortable it is your right to negotiate. Hopefully this lender will be their for the rest of your home purchase career. The BCS is confusing and is always a let down. Don’t let your lender choice be this way. Take control. Get a referral from someone you trust as mentioned above and take the time to meet with this person. In the end it will pay big dividends for you. You may just win the National Championship or better yet get the perfect financing for the perfect new home.

The 8 stages to homeownership. An illustrative guide for buyers

Stage 1 – Pre-approval – The pre-approval process is a time that you meet with your Loan Officer and talk through the financial side of the purchase. The loan officer will take an application and gather all of your documentation required for pre-approval. This documentation includes but may not be limited to the following: Last Two Years Tax Returns, current pay-stubs covering 30 days (W-2), last two years W-2’s, two month’s bank statements all pages and all accounts, most recent statement for 401K, money market, cd’s, stock, mutual funds and the like. Other items can include mortgage statements, homeowner’s insurance declaration page, bankruptcy papers, divorce papers, lease agreements and more. The more detailed you are with your documentation the more accurate the pre-approval will be. Loan Officers review the documentation, check credit, verify income and run your scenario through our automated engine to receive an automated approval. The automated approval assesses risk and cross references secondary market guidelines to determine your borrowing capability. The accuracy of the information inputted into the system is everything. The automated approval will give you a list of items that you will have to provide to obtain funding of your loan in the end.

 

Stage 2 – The House Hunt – After you are pre-approved by your Loan Officer they will issue a pre-approval letter to you and your Realtor. As far as the lending side of things you are on a hiatus. Your loan cannot be locked until you have found a property. We lock the collateral not the borrower. During the house hunt your loan officer will keep you up to date on any guideline changes, industry news, and rate movement. They will also be in communication with your Real Estate agent to make sure that your team is all on the same page. When you find a home that you like you will place an offer and wait for the response. There may be counter offers and you may have to write more than one offer before you have an offer accepted. Your Real Estate agent will guide you through this process and provide great advice on how to approach the house hunt.

 

Stage 3 – Offer Accepted – Now that the offer is accepted and you are in contract to buy the home. There are several things that will occur during this stage. The first few days will be a flurry. In my practice I like to meet with you again and obtain updated information if the hunt has taken a few months. Along with gathering updated information we will go over current rates and pricing, fees, and determine if we want to lock now or hold off. At this point a check for the appraisal is collected and the appraisal is ordered, preliminary title reports are requested, and I request a copy of the fully executed contract. (Please note every loan officer will approach this differently and certain loans such as VA have different appraisal processes.) Gathering the information above from the Title Company and the BANKS can sometimes be a process. The title companies on the Bank owned properties are located all over the place. I have worked with one in Philadelphia. At the same time Your Real estate agent and you will be ordering inspections such as home and termite if you choose too. It is highly recommended and your Real Estate agent will talk you through this. Once the documents above are gathered the loan package will be submitted to our wholesaler of choice to be underwritten.

 

Stage 4- Underwriting – Once we have chosen the wholesaler that will provide you the money to buy your home we submit the loan package that we have created to be underwritten. The cleaner the package we submit the smoother the process. This is why I am so through upfront and ask you to provide all the information and all pages of everything. The reason that there is an underwriting process although you were already approved through our engine is that we have to have a human check to make sure that the data that we entered in the computer is supported by our documentation. They are checking income, assets, credit depth, appraisal, title reports and contracts for accuracy, missing signatures, appropriate calculation and use of income such as overtime. This underwriter will be overly thorough in today’s market environment so this process will take time. The time varies depending on who we choose to work with and their current volume of business. One thing that will delay the underwriting process is incomplete files. Again, this is why it is important to work with a Loan Officer that can package a clean file for underwriting and important for you to provide everything they ask for to the best of your ability. This stage can be as quick as 48hours and some wholesalers are running 20+days. If the wholesaler is quick it can because they are well staffed, the rates are not that great, they specialize in few products or if they are slow it could mean all the same. The goal of this process is to get a conditional loan approval from our underwriter.

 

Stage 5 – Loan Approval and Conditions – Once the underwriter has approved the loan they will issue a conditional loan approval. There are conditions that are labeled prior to documents and there are prior to funding conditions. Many of the conditions are behind the scenes and should not be a requirement of you as the borrower. If you are through upfront with documentation there should be minimal conditions at this stage. Some examples of typical prior to document conditions include updated pay-stub, appraiser to provide more data, estimated closing statement, W-2 or letters to explain items that may need clarifying. Some example of prior to fund conditions may include insurance or 4506T results. The conditions I have given as examples are not the only conditions that may occur they are meant for example only.  At this point our job is to quickly gather the conditions and submit them back to the underwriter to be satisfied. This process, like underwriting, varies on the time to complete. The quicker we get back the conditions necessary the quicker we move to the next step. Once the underwriter has cleared the conditions we move to the next stage loan documents.  

 

Stage 6 – Loan Documents – When the Underwriter clears the prior to loan document conditions we are able to order your loan documents to be signed. Loan Officers fill out a request for loan documents and submit this to the wholesaler. The wholesaler has a department that works specifically on preparing loan documents to send to the title company. Again, this is a process and every wholesaler will vary on the time that it takes to get the loan documents sent out. In the electronic era that we live in the loan documents are most commonly sent via e-mail. Once the title company receives the loan documents they will prepare the estimated settlement statement and send to your loan officer to review. The settlement statement reflects the costs, loan amounts, down payment requirements and any deposits you have already made as good faith. The Loan officer will review this statement to make sure that it is in-line with the good faith estimate and what you discussed with your loan officer originally. There are a few items that are pro-rated so the numbers will very slightly. Once the settlement statement is reviewed for accuracy either the title company or the loan officer or a combination will schedule a time for you to sign. The signing will take place at the title company, at your home with a notary or at an alternate location that is convenient to all parties. The signing of the loan documents is where you agree to the terms of the loan. You will in front of a notary acknowledge this agreement. Once the signing is complete the title company will overnight the signed package back to the wholesaler for the next stage.

 

Stage 7 – Funding – Once the wholesaler receives the returned package from the title company they will review the package for completeness. This again is a process that varies from institution to institution. Once the file is reviewed they will issue a funding checklist with any outstanding conditions to be satisfied. There should be very few conditions if any at this stage that require you as a borrower to do something. Between your loan officer and the title company all conditions will get completed. That does not mean that you will never have any conditions required of you. There are cases that you will have to provide additional documentation. This is a rare case as all of it should have been handled prior to documents. Once the funder has cleared all the conditions they will fund your purchase. This is the process of sending a wire of the funds from the loan to the title company to be combined with your down payment to complete the purchase. Once the wire is received the escrow officer will release the file to be recorded in the county of the purchase. Now for the last stageJ

 

Stage 8 – Recording – The purchase transaction is recorded with the county recorded so that you are officially the homeowner on record. Congratulations you have made it through all eight stages of the home ownership process.

 

* These stages do not represent the process for every loan officer or lending institution. They constitute the process I have learned as a Mortgage Broker and through my time in the industry. You may use them as a general guide to help better understand the stages that you may encounter when buying a home. This is for illustration and not intended to be the ultimate guide to home-ownership.

 

 

House Hunting! 6 survival tips to help avoid house hunting blues.

Early this morning I got up just like I do every day and went through the morning routine. Coffee, reading, breakfast with the kids etc. You know the routine. Then I left to go to work for the day. While I was leaving the house the wierdest thhing happen to me. As I walked to the car my neigh bor was walking back to his house from the mailbox. I don’t talk to this neighbor very often. He is an older retired guy. As I was getting in the car he said to me: “Go Get Em! Don’t Stop Now.” Many of you may be asking the following question; What does this have to do with House Hunting?

Survival Tips

1) Accept the support around you – Talking only to your spouse or your colleagues about the frustrations of the offer righting stagge of the game can lead to more frustration. Talk to your professionals and ask them to explain to you why responses are so slow. Why the bank does not seem to care that you are trying to do the right thing by only submitting one offer at a time. Ask your professional to explain what may be an effective offer and why is it so hard to get in contract if it is a buyers market. Your professional should be able to help you at least understand the why of the above which will releive some of the frustration.

2) – Enjoy the Hunt – Make the house hunt a game. Enjoy the process of the whole thing. Write down items that you like from each of the houses on paper. Write down the qualities you must have and the items that you would like. Talk to your partner about how to work on the projects together and what colors you would do etc. It could very well be a long hunt. You have waited 20 plus years in most cases so dont get so excited that you forget to enjoy the process.

3) – Plan for It – If you have a written plan for the process that you fit into your normal calender then it does not disrupt ytour life so much. Schedule a time that you have specifically set aside for the viewing of homes. Schedule it like you schedule the gym or work or playdates for the kids. By doing this you avoid the feeling that the hunt has taken over your life. It helps to keep you from having the feeling that your life is off track and you are unorganized.

4) Know that you will be rejected – One of the hardest things to cope with is the rejection of an offer that you thought was a winning offer and the house was “EXACTLY” what you were looking for. Just like finding your life partner it will take work. It will take practice. It will take time. You have to lose some to learn what you don’t want and what you do want. When you do find the right partner or house in this case it is a constant work in progress. There will always be something that you would like to change or work on. You have to grow with the house and as you change you will want some things to change about the house. Don’t get discouraged by rejection get Encouraged. You are one step closer to your goal.

5) – Do not be in a hurry – You cannot rush such a major decision. You will be setting yourself up for disappointment. Just think about how often you hear a person say that they rushed into marriage and it was the wrong choice so they got divorced. Divorce is painful and can change someones life. Same with your house choice. Do not rush to get a tax credit or the interest rate that you have to have. All that will be there when the house you find comes around. whether you are 30 or 50 you did not miss the boat.

 6) – Be Emotionless – Yes, I know that this is much easier said than done. A better thing to say may be “don’t have unrealistic expectations.” Many times when you write your first offer you mentally move in. This means that when it is not accepted you have to move out or breakup. The song says “breaking up is hard to do.” If you leave out the emotion of the purchase and keep your furniture in your current residence until the loan is on record the process will feel better. I am not saying to not be excited I am simply saying to control the excitement. Contain to an acceptable level for you to handle. Try not to be too high or too low as each has its drawbacks.

Now that you know what to do in order to stay away from the House Hunting Blues I will leave you with the same words that my neighbor uttered to me this morning in the 36 degree weather “Go get em! Don’t Stop Now.”


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