I get it, house hunting can be a lot of fun. It's what we see on TV every day from shows like House Hunters and Million Dollar Listing. But reality is nothing like those shows. House hunting is not as glamorous as it seems. Honestly, the process can be frustrating as all hell! Especially in a hot market where properties sell faster than they come on the market. This is why I tell my buyers to get focused!
What do I mean? Look everyone likes to look at real estate. It really is cool to check out different types of properties, neighborhoods, and styles. But realistically, doing all of that is not going to help you find the property you ultimately want to buy. For example, if you have a budget of $250,000 do you think it makes any sense to look at properties that are listed at $500,000? NO! Don't even go to the open houses. People, STAY WITHIN YOUR BUDGET!!! I can not stress this enough. Once you speak to your lender and find out what you can afford and stay in that range. The more you wander outside of your range the more unrealistic your range becomes. Think about it. If you look at a brand new property way out of your price range, do you really think anything you see after that is going to compare? Heck no! Stay within your budget at all times and this means open houses as well.
Also, don't get caught up on finishes or upgrades properties have. Your focus should only be on the layout, natural light, building, and location. The finishes you can always change. You can upgrade a kitchen or bathroom and refinish or replace flooring but you can not change the layout natural light or location of that property. You can not take that unit and put it on the other side of the building away from the brick wall it looks at. So when you walk into a property make sure to focus on if the space works for you.
Remain focused from day one and you will find what you are looking for a lot faster and be a lot happier!