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Balancing Emotion and Logic When Buying a Home

Balancing Emotion and Logic When Buying a Home

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned veteran, the homebuying process can elicit a range of feelings, from excitement and anticipation to frustration and confusion.

This can sometimes make it challenging to know if you are making the right decision. However, there are several methods you can use to strike a balance between emotions and logic, allowing you to be better positioned to choose a perfect home for you and your family.

Real estate agent showing house to couple

Understand your decision-making style

As you start your home search, it’s important to evaluate what factors drive your choices most. Do you make decisions based on your gut feeling or personal attachment? Or do you focus on more pragmatic factors like finances? Knowing whether you tend to rely on logic, emotion, or a combination of both will help you make a more self-aware and informed homebuying decision.

Beware of love at first sight

You may fall in love with a home the minute you see it, but if it’s the first one you’ve viewed on your search, try to refrain from putting an offer on it until you have visited at least one or two others. Doing so enables you to make meaningful comparisons between aspects like price, neighborhood, house and property size, and property taxes.

Stick to your budget

One of the best things you can do before beginning your home search is to set boundaries to ensure you only consider homes within your budget. This may also help you avoid getting too emotionally attached to a house. If you let your logic go out the window, you may find yourself drawn into bidding wars fueled by the fear of missing out, potentially leading you to exceed your initial budget.

Real estate agent giving home owner the keys to their house

Have patience

Good things can take time, and so can finding the right home. The business of selling a home is just that—business. The seller wants to get the most amount of money and the best terms. So don’t feel discouraged if your offer gets rejected. The home for you may not be on the market today, and that’s OK. Tomorrow is a new day. Stay positive and avoid letting frustration get in the way of waiting for the right situation. You don’t want to end up settling for something that doesn’t meet your needs, as that may cause you to be unhappy in what is likely to be a long-term commitment.

Don’t compromise the essentials

Compile a list of your nonnegotiable elements—the ones you absolutely require, like the home’s bathroom count, layout and functionality, location, and accessibility to work, school, and family. Prioritizing these logical aspects of your home search will ensure you don’t become smitten with a home that doesn’t meet all of your must-haves.

Get a home inspection

Whether it’s fresh flowers, plenty of light, cookies in the oven, brewed coffee, or a hearth with a warm fire, the various aspects of home staging are all intended to play to your emotions. However, it’s important to remember that even the most well-staged homes can have problems. That’s why you should never waive your right to a home inspection, even in a competitive housing market. A home inspection is a crucial step to help identify any potential issues that may not be visible to the naked eye. This way, you can sidestep purchasing a money pit if the house fails to pass.

Finding the right balance between logic and emotion can be tricky, which is where a real estate agent can come in. With their expert knowledge and objective perspective, you can rely on them to not only help you skillfully navigate the complexities of the homebuying process but also provide emotional support, alleviating any doubts that may emerge along the way.

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Kimmer Plunk

Based in Memphis and serving clients in West Tennessee and Northwest Mississippi. Serving others is a reward of its own and part of what makes me happy, and I've been doing that for 30 years through various activities including Girl Scouts, PTO, various board positions, unhoused ministry, and professional, award-winning teaching. I treat others the way that I want to be treated including being readily available, listening to your desires, answering your questions thoroughly, and walking you through the home purchase process. My ultimate goal is to see that you find the home of your dreams and experience the least amount of stress during the process.

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