Al and Cal Homes and Community: 6 Tips to Minimize Stress when Buying A Home

6 Tips to Minimize Stress when Buying A Home

6 Tips to Minimize Stress when Buying A Home

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Most of the stress that comes with buying a home can be reduced just by understanding the process, anticipating the paperwork, doing your homework and hiring the right professionals, and of course just rolling with a small bump if you encounter one along the way.    

 1.   Anticipate the paperwork required by a lender.   Recognize that the lender will ask you for all kinds of seemingly ridiculous paperwork.     But, if you think about it, wouldn't it be foolish for them to lend on someone's say so?   Of course it would, so you might as well get used to it... if you ask a bank for money, that bank will know what size jeans you wear before you are finished with them!   But, if you chose the right lender, an experienced one that will be honest and diligent, and you anticipate that they will need seemingly endless information,  you will not get agitated.

2.   The physical home search will be emotionally taxing.   Realize that searching for homes in earnest is not as easy as it looks on "HGTV's House Hunters".   After a day of house hunting, my buyers will be leaving me exhausted.   Not because I make them walk from home to home either, but because touring properties is mentally tiring.   It is a big purchase after all and you are trying to figure out if it is the right place for your family.    

3.  Rely on the professional advice and your footwork.    Everyone will have an opinion on what you should do.   Remember that your friends and family have not toured all the homes that you have.    They might only have one frame of reference.   Rely on the pros and your own footwork.  Make a compelling offer based on facts.  Utilize your Realtors experience in evaluating those facts.  Develop a strategy based on those facts.   Do not think that you should automatically offer a certain percentage off the list price. 

4.  Keep Your Emotions In Check.  If the other side gets emotional, keep your cool.   It is very easy to get caught up with knee jerk reactions.  Once you do, it becomes harder to make smart decisions.   I know this is an emotional purchase, but try as hard as you can to not get caught up in them.   Keep your goal in mind.

5.   Use Professionals from start to finish.   Have a Realtor, a Mortgage person, a home inspector and a real estate lawyer in your corner.   I know this may be a controversial point of view, but rely on the experts that you have hired throughout the whole process. and turn a deaf ear to well meaning friends and relatives.

6.   Remember the old cliche.   If it seems to good to be true it probably is.   Trust your instincts. 





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Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty




Comment balloon 12 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • January 18 2013 05:34AM


Suggested :)!!!  Most important sentence in your post...RELY on the Professionals..they are the key to a successful home sale! 

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 6 years ago

Good morning, Carol Ann..... good list for buyers to follow.....and they would be wise to call Carol Ann Palmieri as a buyer's agent in Franklin MA and surrounding communities...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann: This is a good stress blueprint for buyers...they will have some stress but staying as level-headed as possible is in their best interest.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 6 years ago

finding the right agent is the clue to a less stressful event.  Home selection is always a process of elimination. So much of the stress can be removed by meeting, and establishing goals, and following the guidelines set out in this post. 


Posted by Shirley Soforic (F. C.Tucker co.) over 6 years ago

Being able to buy, the timing is right helps right from the get go. Otherwise you can browse, but keep your hands in your pockets. You are not going to be buying anything.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 6 years ago

Cal ...Great list and so true ...I am going to print this and give it to clients! Have a great day in Franklin MA!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) over 6 years ago

Al & Cal, Very important tips to share with our Buyers, I especially like number six.

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) over 6 years ago

Hi Cal,

Excellent list and I hope I can remember your points the next time I have stressed out client. I really like the last point as I still run into these folks who think they will find an extraordinary deal and make a lot of money by looking forver.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann, such a great reminder for buyers and that is why they should work with give the great guidance buyers need in MA!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Hi Brenda.  Thank you.   I wish more people felt comfortable doing that.


Hi Barbara.   Thank you.   I appreciate your confidence.


Hi Anita.  Keeping a level head in any situation is good, but sometimes, common sense goes out the window.  


Hi Shirley.   I totally agree!  


Hi Andrew.   So right and your comment reminds me of Al at an art auction.   Had to take the paddle away from him! 


Hi Rob.   Thanks.  It was a beautiful and sunny, yet cold day in Franklin, MA!


Hi Bob.    Yes.   Didn't we learn that from Grandma way back when?


Hi Bob G.   Can you see the smile on my face???


Hi Ginny.   Thank you.   I appreciate that!





Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Great Tips Carol Ann!  Buying a Home is very stressful.  I just started yoga and that is the only other suggestion I can think of to add to the list!


Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) over 6 years ago

Cal, shrinks put homebuying right up there with death, divorce and losing a really great job. 

Comfy shoes help.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 6 years ago