How to have less stress when buying a home – tips from a pro
i) Your broker has seen the problem before.
A real estate transaction is rarely smooth. Buying a house is a complicated transaction involving notaries, mortgage lenders, condo associations, banks and lastly, emotional people.
You should know that getting from point A (making an offer) to point B (actually closing) will involve challenges. You might find a problem during the inspection or your seller might have second thoughts. Whatever the problem is, know that your broker has seen it all before and knows how to solve it.
ii) Cold feet are totally normal
As clients get closer to closing, there are often problems where there once were no one. Suddenly the kitchen looks crooked and the ceilings are too low. And wait, was the living room always so small?
When the reality of the purchase sets in, the emotional floodgates open: Is this the right home? Am I spending too much? Should I spend more? Will I love this? There are so many other houses, why am I buying this one?
Sure, you could look forever, But the truth is, sealing the deal on a house (any house) is hard. It’s easy to second guess your choices when making a purchase of this magnitude. Know that the feeling of ill ease is incredibly common, and it will pass.
iii) Remember why you fell in love.
When the going gets rough—the paperwork is slower than you’d like or the inspection report has more questions—and it feels like you just want to toss your hands in the air and give up, remember why you fell in love. What was it about the property that made you want to snap it up? What about this home called to you?
When the obstacles arise (and they will), envision yourself entertaining friends in that amazing living room with the huge windows. Let that vision inspire you to keep a positive mindset. Remind yourself that it will be worth it in the end when you’re sitting on your balcony watching the sun set.
I know the stress and anxiety over buying a home can be real, but generally the best things in life come with challenges, But that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth all of the effort.