How Many Homes Will You Have To Look at before Finding the Right One?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions that real estate agents hear when first talking to a client, and there really is no magic number. There have been clients that have looked at only one home and then have decided on the spot to buy it. Others have had to look at multiple homes before finding the right one.

This is one of the most frequently asked questions that real estate agents hear when first talking to a client, and there really is no magic number. There have been clients that have looked at only one home and then have decided on the spot to buy it. Others have had to look at multiple homes before finding the right one.

It all depends on the starting point of your search. If you already know the exact type of house you are looking for, the amenities you want to be close to, and the location where you’d like to reside, it will usually be a faster search. Some clients, especially those that are moving in from out of town, really don't know the different locations in Calgary and need more guidance from their real estate agent to find the right neighbourhood to live in.

The thing you can do is go into the home search with flexibility in terms of the number of homes you'll have to view before finding the perfect one. Since this is going to be one of the biggest purchases of your life, you'll want to be absolutely certain about your new home. It's important that you don't rush into anything blindly, but at the same time, you’ll want to end your search as soon as you find the home that you feel you can call your own.

Sometimes looking at too many houses can get extremely confusing - especially if you have seen a home that you like but are looking at other properties "just to make sure." It's usually a good idea to stop looking at homes when you find the right one. If you spend too long house hunting, the confusion starts to creep in, and it gives others the time to put in an offer. You could end up losing out on the home you really want.

The best rule of thumb to go by is to keep looking until you find the property that you can imagine coming home to every night. When you feel good about a residence and are sure that it's the right one, it's time to stop looking. Let your agent know and put in an offer right away. Houses are moving on the Calgary market quickly, and the right time to make a final decision can be a fleeting moment.

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