You might not be too worried in the current real estate market about being rushed to buy a home. There seem to be plenty to choose from, the prices are affordable, and interest rates continue to be low. These are all good things if you are a home buyer. Sellers on the other hand may not be getting what they think they should on the sale of their home and it can be attributed to the artificial housing bubble finally bursting driving home values down. It is taking time for the economy to bounce back and eventually things will be back to normal. The point being is that selling a home right now is not impossible but there are challenges so if you rush into buying and later regret it you may be stuck with it for quite a while.
As you look for a home it is important to not rush. You may see homes coming on and off the market quickly because they are priced right and in desirable neighborhoods. You may feel like you are missing out and think you need to “hurry it up.” Don’t be hasty, you may make a decision you will regret later down the road. Settling for a home that doesn’t have all the things you want in a home can make life a bit uneasy, especially if you have to come home day-after-day and deal with the things you don’t like.
Also remember that there is no such thing as a perfect home. You can weed out the homes that don’t meet your criteria but you will never find the “perfect home.” It is important to know what you want in a home, presently and in the future. Buying a small 2 bedroom home with 1 bath might be okay for a starter home but what happens when you have children? You may have to move your office or sewing room to the garage to make room for the new baby. What if you have older children, is having 1 bathroom really going suffice for the whole family? Keep in mind when buying a home what you need, what you want, and what you don’t want. Make a list and give it to your realtor so they can screen properties in your area.