Realtors® are guilty of romanticizing, if not glorifying, the idea of buying and selling a home. And it’s probably true for many, that initial thoughts of buying or selling a home (and everything that goes along with it) are sanguine. And yet, shortly after they are faced with details of the move, many are hit with the reality that the process is full of potential pitfalls and setbacks. Buying and selling a home can be a confusing endeavor, that can become overwhelming if you’re not mentally prepared.
Getting through the process of buying and selling requires organization and planning to seek the best outcome. As a home buyer you organize before viewing homes by having a mortgage approval in hand, as well as determining a price range and area in which you are looking. As a home seller you have a plan in place before the home is on the market; which includes a pricing and marketing plan, as well as having your home in its best possible condition so as to give the best impression.
Even though the process of buying or selling a home is straightforward (after all it’s not rocket science), being prepared for various stages can help you through potential issues. If you’re a first time buyer or seller, having a checklist helps you be aware of where you are in the process. Even if you’ve bought or sold a home before, you should be aware of changes to the process that have been made in the last eight years.
You should also be aware that every transaction is different; each transaction has a different set of personalities, conditions, and issues. You no doubt have heard your relatives’, friends’ or coworkers’ account of their buying or selling experience. But chances are that they may not remember the snags they endured. Reactions among buyers and sellers, as well as their real estate agents, vary depending on their personalities and life circumstances. So, your experience may be similar to others’; however, be prepared that it could also be very different.
Additionally, many never realize how many individuals are involved in getting their transaction to settlement. Besides the buyer, seller and real estate agents, there is a lender, a title company, and a home inspector, (among others); each increasing the number by a factor of their employees, and increasing the opportunity for Murphy’s Law to interrupt your smooth settlement.
Although the process of buying or selling a home appears to be task oriented, there is also an emotional component. Did you know that having a major change in living conditions and taking on a mortgage are rated in the Holmes and Rahe Stress Inventory? This acknowledges that buying and selling a home is an emotional investment that could impact your emotional wellbeing (positively and negatively). Chances are that at some point you may feel the added pressure of your sale/purchase.
Mental preparation for your home purchase or sale may include moderating expectations and anticipating how you may cope with various circumstances that may arise. Mental preparation can help maintain a feeling of control over your transaction. It can be helpful to work with an agent who can address your worries and fears about the transaction through listening and empathy. Most of all, hire an experienced real estate agent, who not only has the ability to problem solve and work through problems, but will help you organize and prepare.
Copyright © Dan Krell
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