YOU DON’T HAVE TO KNOW EVERYTHING
You probably never realized you were surrounded by so many real estate “experts” until you decide to buy a home. All of a sudden, your coworker is telling you why fixed-rate loans are the only way to go, your great-aunt Martha in Palm Beach, Florida, is sharing her secret tips for finding a hot deal, and your father-in-law is emailing you postings from the real estate section of the Hometown Chronicle. Meanwhile, your Internet search engine is bringing up 2,342,209 Web pages, your boss is explaining why you should never buy north of the river, your hairdresser is urging you never to buy south of the river, and you’re about ready to jump in the river.
Relax. Even if you can’t stop the deluge of contradictory advice and divergent opinions, you don’t have to let it stress you out. As an alternative, we offer you our biggest, most important, potentially most surprising rule for keeping your home-buying stress to a minimum–you don’t have to know everything.
Keeping things simple starts with separating the things you need to know from those that are strictly optional. The home-buying knowledge you need falls into three categories: knowledge of the home-buying process itself, knowledge of your local market, and knowledge of your own personal criteria. Of those three, the only one you absolutely need to master is the last–what you want, what you need, and what you can afford. You need this knowledge to develop a clear vision of the home you’re looking for. From there, your real estate agent will help you narrow the market to only those homes that fit your needs. Once you find that special property, the agent will also lead the way as your home is researched, assessed, negotiated, contracted, inspected, appraised, surveyed, fixed, financed, insured, and, finally, purchased. Of course, if you want to delve into details, by all means, go ahead. We simply encourage you to remember that it’s not necessary. It’s perfectly reasonable to build a team you trust to handle the fuss.
The Rivers Team is here to answer all of your questions and help you get into your new home. If you are looking to relocate to or within Tallahassee and for all of your Tallahassee Real Estate needs, call The Rivers Team at (850) 297-2255 or visit us at www.RingTheRivers.com.