The title of this blog may seem a little silly, but when I tell you there are as many people in
this country who spend more time considering what is in the bar, what can it do for me and is
it priced right than those buying a house, you might want to stop laughing and start learning..
Chocolate can be good for your health if eaten moderately with a full diet of all the other ingredients that you need. Some people aren’t that concerned except for the price of the item. Others are worried about the potential weight gain if they eat these treats to often. Last but not least it’s just a small cost and a small part of your diet.
The number one problem in buying a house you are going to live in as a primary or second home, is doing what my smartest attorney and adviser taught me decades ago: “Don’t fall in love with love”. I add only one thing you need to know and follow religiously: In the long run it all boils down to how comfortable you will be in the house financially!!
Before I begin I will give you my credentials to at least demonstrate that I have been through the housing wars and know what buyers need to do and NOT do during the “mating dance”. I have been a California Real Estate Broker for 27 years and have bought hundreds of houses from small beginner homes to large multi-million dollar houses. Please understand that the basics of buying or selling are about the same whether the house is $5,000,000 or $150,000.
The rules for buyers are different from the rules of sellers. Today we will only discuss buying a
personal resident, whether a first or second home. Unless you go out yourself and seek houses that aren’t on the market, thinking you can save the commission, you need to know who actually pays the commission. The answer is the seller who pays the commission.
Knowing that the seller pays the commission to the listing agent, and he splits it with the
selling realtor (your realtor), why would you engage the selling agent as your realtor. His allegiance is to the seller for the most part. There are exceptions but it isn’t smart unless the listing agent is a friend of yours When it comes to the price negotiations the listing agent will favor the seller.
The people who get the best deals are those who understand how poker is played: no emotion,
no statements that give away your hand, no talking to the adversary (the seller or agent) about
how much you like the house. Do Not Correspond With anyone but your broker. Please do not
drive buy the house a number of times or park in front of it so the seller can see your anxiousness which will cost you more money in the long run.
Follow your agents advise or if you don’t like it, change agents. Never forget this is a business
transaction, or if you like it to be a championship contest so be it. Stick to the rules and your
outcome will be much better than you ever thought.As much as you like the seller, he or she or
both are to be avoided until they sign the sales agreement. If you get to friendly it can cause you
to express your strong desire to own their house, at that is an invitation for the sellers to be obstinate on the price.
The last part of this blog may make the earlier part insignificant. Two important things will happen
after all parties sign the offer: an appraisal will determine the value of the house and a home inspection can easily lower the value of the house because of some deferred maintenance or
some equipment that isn’t working. These problems, if they exist,could require more negotiations.
That is why you don’t become friends until you own the place.
A number of home buyers make money on the house they buy in as little as a few years and most
people make some money while owning the house. The better the purchase increases the odds
of both making money and doing it quicker. I have always believed you make more money when
buying the house properly than selling it down the road.
Try following this advise and see how the outcome stacks up with your earlier purchases.
Happy house hunting!