Dont Give Up

As you go from house to house, remember that a big factor is exhaustion. It's not just being physically tired. It's the fact that after a while, all the houses start to look the same. Therefore it's a good idea to keep in mind the following:

How to Avoid Buyer's Burnout

Always take a notepad and map with you. Mark the location of the house on the map and write down special features on the pad. If the owner offers you a fact sheet, save it even if you don't seem interested in the house at the time. Later on, you may think about it and realize the home had more appeal than you at first realized.

Never look at more than three or four houses in any one session. After that, you're no longer being careful. You're just running through, not paying attention to the details that could make you fall in love with a place. If you need to see a lot of houses, take big breaks. See three in the morning, then stop and have lunch. See three more, then stop and do something else. See three more in the early evening. Nine houses in one day is the absolute capacity of almost any prospective buyer. Even with nine, the features of one will begin to blend in with the features of another.

Try to get a Polaroid or digital camera and snap a picture of the houses that appeal to you. A picture is worth 1000 words. You'll instantly remember the features of a house, once you see a picture of the outside or some room inside. Frequently, agents or owners will provide you with photocopied pictures.

Sketch floor plans that you like on your notepad. It helps to remember and is also a good means of comparing one house with another.

TIP—BUY A LESS EXPENSIVE HOUSE, THE BEST NEIGHBORHOOD

Buy a less expensive house in the most expensive neighborhood you can afford. If you do, you multiply your chances for making money later on when you resell.

Don't be afraid to ask questions. Many buyers worry that they'll be thought foolish if they ask about drainpipes or washrooms or taxes or something they think everyone else knows about. There are no foolish questions, only foolish buyers who don't ask questions. A seemingly simple question may open up a whole line of concern that you weren't aware of.

It's far better to ask about the problems of a house before you buy than to be stuck with them after you own it.

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