We want to buy a home, but we are so busy with our lives that we haven’t got the time to do the research, to go see houses, to read disclosures, how are we going to do that?
We all live demanding and hectic lives, and taking on one more obligation is burdensome. When I sit with my new clients for an initial consultation, this is a discussion that we have. Buying a home should be fun, and it should be a priority.
If you are about to make, what is for most people, the number one investment in your financial life, doesn’t it deserve your number one priority.
Buying a home need not be a long, months-long process, but it will require your time, your focus, and your full attention.
The primary and central question to home buying is: why are you selling? Then add to that: Where will you go once your home is sold? If an offer of your liking were received tomorrow, could you move out within 15 days?
If your home is in good condition, good location (although this can be overcome), is priced right, and is well-marketed. Your home should go in to contract soon after hitting the market, especially in the San Francisco Peninsula Area and in the current market. This, of course, varies in other markets, but still holds true when marketed well!
Focus on those aspects that you can control: price, condition, exposure, availability. When your home is on the market, it is not your own, you are living in a showplace. Maintain it, make it available, and know that it is going to be inconvenient. Keep in mind that every inconvenience is a method of getting your home sold sooner and for a higher price in the end.