Arizona Home Buyers Beware All You Need Is ONE

Arizona Home Buyers Beware All You Need Is ONE

In the world of HGTV and Pinterest DIY-ers, everyone wants an updated home with hardwood floors, shiplap walls and subway tiles.   My guess is you trolled the Internet, looking for your version of “The One”.  You have set up searches on national sites like Zillow and Trulia still searching for “The One” only to be disappointed that those homes were GONE many months ago.  Searching for “The One” can seem like a daunting and overwhelming task, especially in a Seller’s Market like we have now.   It's not uncommon for a Buyer to visit 10-15 homes or even more before they find the property they want to make their “ONE” home.

These numbers can be frustrating, but even the most particular Buyers, even Buyers who are let down by how many homes don't seem like quite the right fit, can take heart in this one truth of dating that also applies to house hunting:

You only need to find ONE.

So, the next question is this: How do I choose which one to take home – I mean, make your home? To help, here are six signs that a given home you're viewing might in fact be "The One":

1. You instantly feel possessive about the property.When you walk into “The One” no matter how long you've been house hunting, you'll get an involuntary surge of energy to do whatever it takes to make that home yours. If you're at an Open House and other buyers are viewing the place, you'll start to feel competitive. If you're at a private viewing, you'll start to talk numbers and offer logistics. For that matter, some buyers start making calls to their financial planners, generous parents, and contractors from the front porch steps of their "One" – during the first viewing!

If you walk through a place and leave with your heart or mindset on making it yours, it might be "The One."

2. You start to see its flaws as adorable quirks.Train tracks 10 feet from the bedroom window? No Problem! Next door neighbor who runs a dog groomer? No Worries! Okay – I exaggerate! But if you find yourself viewing a home with traits that you would normally deem undesirable or as deal-killers, yet you like the place so much that you instinctively compile a mental list of reasons those traits just don't matter, you might have found "The One."

Intelligent Buyers should be aware of a syndrome some call "Magnolia Market Psychosis," (Thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines) whereby the aesthetics of a beautifully staged home with unbelievable curb appeal can hypnotize a Buyer.  This syndrome renders Buyers blind to the potential negative property features, which would be glaring or grave concerns if the place weren't straight from the pages of HGTV. It's fine to re-rank your deal-breakers and re-weigh the pros and cons in light of your new love of this particular properties advantages, but PLEASE make a conscious decision.  

Do not throw reasonable guidelines for your home out of the window, because you want to post a perfect picture to your Pinterest boards…it is about as savvy as doing the same with your dating prospects – not a setup for success.

Buyers can avoid falling victim to Magnolia Market Psychosis (and the Buyer's Remorse that often follows suit) by writing down your absolute musts and deal-breakers before you ever step foot in a single property – and by revisiting this document before you write an offer and again before you remove your contingencies.

If you find yourself viewing a home with traits that you would normally deem undesirable, yet you like the place so much that you can now magically disregard your list of must haves, you might have found "The One."

3. You immediately envision your own belongings, your family, daily activities or remodeling choices in/to the home.  If you find yourself, during a property viewing, measuring the living room with your footsteps to be sure your pool table will fit.  Discussing whether the wall between kitchen and dining room is load bearing or if it can be removed.  Or if your mind's eye is photo shopping a given property to insert your bedroom set, your dining table and favorite wall hangings into place.  Or if you plan to drive by later that night to check out the neighborhood when families are home from work and school.  Or if you scope out the nearest gym locations and the quickest routes to the grocery store.  It's entirely possible that the home you're viewing could be "The One" for you.

4. You have no interest in seeing any other homes.When you find "The One," your interest in seeing other homes dissipates, instantly – no matter how many homes you've seen or how long you have been house hunting.  When you have looked at “The One” more than 20 times on-line during the last 24 hours and stare at every detail…your search might be over.

5. The bathroom and kitchen don't disgust you.We humans are born with only two fears in life: the fear of loud noises and falling. However, at approximately eight months old, we start to acquire new fears. Prime among them: the fear of other people's bathrooms and kitchens.

Other people's bathrooms and kitchens and what goes on in those rooms seems exceptionally intimate and even unsanitary at times, the gross out factor can be elevated unless it’s “The One.”  So, if you happen to find yourself falling in love with a home's subway tile shower or drooling over the pot-filler, or farmhouse sink, that's a sign that you're falling head over heels with a home that might just be "The One."

6. The time, money, and energy spent feels worth it.  Home buying is an expensive, emotional, and time-consuming proposition. And your years of budgeting to save a nice nest egg didn't come easy, there might be many a Saturday night at home and a brown-bagged lunch reflected in your down payment savings. If you view a home that make all of those sacrifices suddenly feel like the easiest, most worthwhile decision ever?

You, My Friend, might have found "The One."

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