home buyers need to keep an open mind


Whenever we first meet with a buyer, we always ask them detailed questions about what they are looking for in a home. Included in our list of questions is "what 3-5 things must your next home have?" We then go on to formulate a list of "must haves" and "wants" in an effort to find them the right match.

In our experience, however, at least 50% of buyers end up buying something that did not fit their original parameters. Although buyers may say they absolutely positively must have something, they will often fall in love with a home that may not have everything they initially said they wanted.

Here are some examples of what some of our buyers initially said they wanted, and what they ended up buying:

WANTED                                              BOUGHT

4 BR home                                           3BR home, with an additional office/den

3 car garage                                        perfect home, but had a 2 car garage

older home with charm                        new construction

home on 1 acre                                    townhouse

home in city X                                      home in city Y

brick colonial                                        vinyl sided ranch


Think about this another way. If you are married or have a significant other, is your spouse exactly like you had imagined he or she would be? In our case, my wife wanted tall, dark, and handsome, and got me instead. In fact, she was hesitant to even go on a date with me when we first met because she didn't think I was "her type."  By keeping an open mind, Amy found the man of her dreams ( me ) and 15 years later, we've never been happier.

So, although you may think you know exactly what you want, we suggest you keep an open mind to some suggestions from us on homes that you may not have originally considered.

In the end, you may be surprised at what you end up buying.