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The No. 1 Way to Make Homebuying Less Stressful

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10/16/2013 | Author: Summer Mandell

Although it doesn’t rank as high as some other stressors, purchasing a home is still considered a stressful—though exciting—life event. The exciting part has been my experience, but I can see how the potential for stress isn’t that far behind. Here are three easy ways to decrease homebuying stress, including my No. 1 secret weapon for stressing less:

Stressbuster No. 3: Be Prepared
Interest rates were really low last year, but my husband and I just weren’t ready to buy yet. We wanted more money in savings and for a downpayment. Take a close look at your situation and decide if buying a home is a step that you are truly ready to take. If you think you may move from your city in a year or two, or if you aren’t sure what your financial outlook will be, it’s OK to wait. You’ll only be setting yourself up for future stress if you force a big purchase you’re not ready for.

Stressbuster No. 2: Be Realistic
There are certain priorities that we decided on before starting our home search. For instance, we prefer two bathrooms, and we also have a favorite neighborhood we can see ourselves living in for a long time. But we also know we can do without one more bedroom, and we can live with popcorn ceilings. There’s nothing wrong with coming up with a list of must-haves, but flexibility is the key to staying stress-free.

Stressbuster No. 1 and Secret Weapon: A Texas REALTOR®
My Texas REALTOR® is my secret weapon and No. 1 stressbuster because she knows exactly how to handle everything that comes our way. She answers our seemingly endless questions and gives us helpful advice about everything from the transaction process to being good homeowners. I never have to worry about what our next step is since she’s always there to make sure we’re on track. Even as the clock ticks toward closing, I feel at ease knowing my Texas REALTOR® is working hard for me.

Real estate transactions are complicated, and quite frankly, I don’t have the time or interest in dealing with every detail. My Texas REALTOR® takes care of those details for me, so I can focus on finding the right home at the right price. If that’s not a good secret weapon to have for your home search, I don’t know what is.

Categories: Buyers
Tags: buying, stress