Have you ever heard the phrase “You don’t know what you don’t know”?
This phrase is especially applicable when buying a home.
Because buying or selling a home is something that most people do only two or three times in a lifetime, there are things that they’re completely unaware of. They simply don’t know what they don’t know.
We’re starting a new, free, weekly blog series with tips that will make it so much easier for you to avoid making costly mistakes when buying a home. The tips are free because it’s our way of adding value to your life – whether we choose to work together in the future or not. Here is our first tip:
Use Your Head, Not Just Your Heart
Buying a house just based on emotions has the potential to break your heart. If you fall in love with something, you might end up making some pretty bad financial decisions. There’s a big difference between your emotions and your intelligence.
Relying on your intelligence means that based on all the information available, you recognize that you’re getting a great house for a good value.
Going with your emotions is being obsessed with the paint color or the backyard or the cosmetics of the house.
It’s an investment, so stay calm and be wise. Remember, there is ALWAYS another house out there. As your consultant, our responsibility is to help you balance emotions, instincts, and common sense. When you are ready to sit down together, we can ask you the type of questions that will help you clarify your values, because when your values are clear, your decisions are easier.
In the meantime, if you see a sign or a home online that interests you, feel free to give us a call at 616-730-1254. We can usually find out why the seller is selling and what the facts are that are not readily available to the general public.