When looking to buy a home, you have to kiss a lot of frogs or look at a lot of houses. Finding a home is long but meaningful journey that requires bit of patience, a sense of humor and some tenacity. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers the median number of homes a buyer looked at was 10 and buyers typically searched for roughly 10 weeks. This means that many buyers may expect searching for a home for roughly 3 months. In addition, the profile by NAR states that those who did an internet search looked at more houses and searched for longer periods of time. Those who did not use the internet only searched for a median of 5 weeks and looked at approximately 5 homes.
For example, I have a buyer, let’s call him Fred. He has been looking at a variety of homes in the Central Oregon area. He was very excited about a log cabin type home that had recently came onto the market. The photos were beautiful, the property looked lovely but upon driving up to the home, we were unsure if we were at the correct address. Needless to say this home was an obvious frog. He is still searching for his dream home, and I feel confident that we are getting closer to finding it.
Finding a home requires a lot of research between price point, location, and amenities. But more than that a house must feel like a home. You have to be able to see yourself living in that home for the foreseeable future.
Overall, if you have been in the home buying process for a while realize that it can take months to find the home of your dreams. Everyday new homes come onto the market so everyday there is a possibility of finding your dream home.