Searching for Knoxville homes isn’t always a cakewalk.
You may struggle to find the right house. Or, you may struggle to know what exactly you’re looking for. Or, other buyers may be beating you to the punch.
The thing is, though, it’s not that some buyers get lucky and some buyers are unlucky. Some buyers just have better home searching habits than others.
In this post, we’ll look at 5 smart habits that make your Knoxville home search easier.
When you buy a home in a seller’s market, smart buyers know that good homes go fast. This is why smart buyers know that when a great home hits the market you need to drop everything and go look at the home.
Buying a home is something you must be committed to. If you don’t make it a priority to look at homes on the weekend and after work, you’re going to miss out on some great homes. In a seller’s market, housing inventory is low and there are plenty of other buyers out there vying for homes. You’ll only be successful if you are there to make a move first.
After you start looking at homes, they all begin to blend together. This is why smart buyers take notes or pictures to help remember each home. Doing this will save you a lot of time and make things easier.
As you look at houses, either take notes on paper or on your phone about each house you see. Or, if you’re a more visual person, take pictures about what you like and don’t like. Evernote is a great app for tech-savvy buyers. Evernote allows you to easily organize your notes and add pictures on each home. You’re even able to add keywords to make searching for your previous notes easier.
Smart buyers know their budget from the start of their home search. They know what’s in their budget and what’s not. They anticipate the costs of taxes, insurance, garbage pickup, and HOA dues. So, when it comes to writing an offer, these buyers are confident.
Before you even step foot in a house, talk with a loan officer. See how much you can afford and see if you even want to spend that much. There are many times where buyers can afford way more than they expect. That doesn’t mean you have to spend that much. Know what you want to spend on your monthly mortgage payment and stick to that number.
Honesty is a very smart habit for successful home buyers. There are times where buyers lie to themselves and their agent, which makes the process only more complicated. A realtor can only help you find the right home if they know exactly what you’re looking for.
It’s important that you are straight with your realtor about what you’re looking for. If you keep seeing homes that you aren’t liking, be sure to give your realtor feedback. A realtor can only make the necessary adjustments if they truly know what they’re thinking.
If you’re uncomfortable with something or your needs aren’t being met, it’s important to be honest. You’ll make your realtor’s job much easier this way.
Finally, smart buyers know they’re going to need to compromise, both with what they’re looking for and the seller. In a perfect world, you would get everything you want in a home. But, the reality, as in life, is you can’t always get what you want. If you understand this realization, you’ll make your Knoxville home search much easier.
Buyers who are willing to compromise a bit on what they’re looking for will have an easier time finding a house. Smart buyers know you’ll need to make sacrifices on upgrades, price, and location. You can get most of what you want, but you may not be able to have it all.
The same goes for negotiating with the seller. Every negotiation is a two-way street, you’ll have to give a little to get a little.
Are you thinking about buying a Knoxville this year? Please let us know if there is any way that Knoxville Home Team can assist you. Rick can be reached at 865-696-9002 or via email at [email protected]. Kati can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 865-696-1888.
If you’re ready to start your home search today, be sure to our Knoxville Home Search Page.
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