How To Make House Hunting As Easy As Binge Watching Netflix
How To Make House Hunting As Easy As Binge Watching Netflix
You know the feeling when you struggle to find something to watch on Netflix because it’s just so overwhelming with the number of shows and movies to choose from? Well the same thing can happen when it comes to house hunting! There are so many real estate websites and so many houses to look at. Digging through countless websites, having your phone glued to your hand, constantly hitting refresh to make sure you don’t miss anything can get a little tiring. Instead, there is a simple method you can implement to make it a whole lot easier. When you learn how to house hunt “Netflix style” it’ll save you a ton of time and prevent those feelings of overwhelm – I promise! So here’s how to do it!
Step 1 – Find your Home Style Genre: This is about going beyond the general criteria of 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a 1 acre lot. This is about diving deep and figuring out what you’re specifically looking for in a house. Ask yourself questions such as:
-Which space in a house is most important to you?
-Which room will you spend the most time in? Is the living room where you’ll spend quality time every night or is the outdoor space more important because you want to be surrounded by nature and have ensured privacy?
-Next think about words that would describe your ideal home. Do words like cozy and full of character come to mind? Or does modern and luxury sound more like your taste?
-What is a space or feature you don’t currently have but would love to have? More space to entertain? A private yard with mature trees? A designated home office space that will allow you to do more focused work?
By thinking outside the box about the lifestyle you want your future home to provide, you’ll begin to paint a better picture of which home features to pay more attention to and which style of home will be the best fit.
STEP 2 – Determine What’s Trending: Just like Netflix gives you a list of “Trending movies” you’re going to make your own list of what’s trending when it comes to what is important to you in your future home. After writing down answers to the previous questions, create a list of your top 3 home must haves and deal breakers. Next you’re going to review everything you wrote down. Do you see any themes or details that pinpoint the type of house you are going to fall in love with aside from the number of bedrooms? Your list could be painting a picture of an open concept style home with lots of storage and natural light. Or maybe your style is a home with more separated spaces with a major focus on the style and layout of the kitchen.
STEP 3 – Create Your Home List Based on Your Preferences: Before starting this step, you’ll want to make sure you’re working with a Real Estate Agent so they can set up your custom home search for you. They will take all of the general criteria that you’re looking for and customize your home search so that you can will receive a list of all the homes on the market that match the main criteria you’re looking for. This is where it’ll narrow down your minimums for bedrooms, baths, lot size, square footage, year built, etc. This is also the time you may want to browse through any other sites that you’ve been searching on and write down any homes you’ve had your eye on so you can bring everything together with your real estate agent.
STEP 4 – Preview Homes: Once you’ve compiled the entire list of homes that meet your search criteria you’re going to want to preview them online before scheduling a showing! Looking at homes online is considered a first showing because there is so much you can see and learn about a home before ever stepping foot in the house. When you’re previewing the homes, have the list of the questions you answered handy so you can see which ones fit what you’re truly looking for. If a common theme was entertaining space and open concept rooms – you’ll probably want to avoid homes that have a smaller kitchen and living area or lack open areas.
STEP 5 – Narrow the List Down to Your Top 5: Here’s an example of how this looks: Let’s say your favorite space in a home is the living room, you want a house with lots of character and charm and your deal breaker is a cookie cutter subdivision. Along with that, you need at least 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms.
When your custom search comes up with the list of homes and one of the homes meets the 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths criteria but was built last year in a new subdivision of homes with the same builder, all on quarter acre lots and has a smaller living room, you’ll probably want to consider eliminating this one because it isn’t meeting your main needs.
After previewing the homes and comparing each one to what you have on your list, it’s time to narrow the list of homes down to your “Top 5”. These are the 5 homes you’ll want to schedule showings for and begin your search with. From there, if none of those work for you, keep your search going this same way. Watch for new homes to hit the market (like the new releases on Netflix) and if they meet your detailed criteria, set up a showing!
By house hunting with this method, you’ll eliminate the stress of feeling like you need to see every single 3 bedroom, 2 bath home when you truly know what you’re looking for and can eliminate many of them online. That way when you schedule a showing to see a home that truly fits what you want, you’ll know what to look for instead of becoming overwhelmed with all of the other homes that really don’t meet your needs at all.
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"My home had failed to sell with my previous agent and I take the blame for that. I did not ask the correct questions and thought my home would sell quickly. I was so frustrated by the time that I had been on the market five months that I fired my first agent a month early. I was not going to make the same mistake again. My wife and I contacted five agents that had good reputations. The first one seemed good and she told us that our home was worth about what we told him we thought it was worth.
When the second agent came over, she seemed good also. I was excited with the price that the first agent had told us so I told the second agent that we thought our home was worth about 20,000 dollars more and we were shocked when she showed us that she could get that.
We told the third agent that we thought our home was worth 25,000 dollars more and amazing, she told us that she could get us that much for our home.
It was now obvious that the agents were telling us whatever we wanted to hear so we decided that we would see how far it would go. Every agent that we interviewed asked us what our home was worth and every agent told us close to the price we told them. We decided to try the reverse and we told the next two agents that our home was worth 50,000 and 100,000 less then the first agent told us and they showed us those numbers were correct. We were so frustrated that it was comical.
The on the 12th agent, we interviewed Angela. We were professionals by now and thought that we had heard everything. Angela was different. She did not tell us that our home was the best or things like that. She talked to us, asked about the home. Took notes as we showed him the home and she talked about all the things that she was going to do to market our home. It took him an hour to talk about marketing and she was pretty excited about quite a bit of it. Then she pulled out his laptop and had us sit on each side of him and she started doing a market analysis with us. She showed us exactly what she was doing, what criteria she was searching, to find similar homes etc.
As she was working on it, my wife started to tell him what she thought our home was worth and she stopped her in mid sentence and told her that she did not want to hear any numbers from us until she had told us his number. She used a phrase that my mother use to use and said that she did not want to sell his soul to the devil and be tempted to tell us what we wanted to hear vs what the truth might be. She said she would rather talk about his value vs our value if they were not the same. As she continued working with us and asking us about pictures from each of the homes that we looked at on his computer, she narrowed down our value and then told us that our home was worth about 325,000 dollars. Not to be thrown out of our game, I told him that I thought she was 50,000 dollar low and she asked what our home had that make it worth 50,000 more than the seven comparable homes that the three of us had picked together just 15 minutes earlier. I told him that our home was in better shape and she pulled up the pictures of the similar homes and said that she did not see a big difference between most of them and our home.
My wife then told him the range that other realtors had told us and she asked if we had the information that the other Realtors had left. We did and we showed him. She started showing us different foundation sizes, lot sizes, great rooms and other things that she said determined value on the homes, that the other Realtors that told us our home was worth 50-100k more, and it was obvious that she was not going to take the bait so we came clean and told him what we had been thru and that she was the 12th Realtor that we had interviewed.
We listed with Angela and she sold our home in 17 days. Angela was fun to work with and the entire time we worked with him it was smooth and she was easy to get a hold of if we had questions. I would recommend anyone that is buying or selling to work with Angela as she is willing to tell you the truth, spend time explaining what sells homes and what a home is worth and worked very hard.