Looking for Houses: How to Keep Them All Straight
If you are a typical buyer, you will probably not whip out your check book for the first place you look at. You'll probably look at a bunch of places, maybe on your own at weekend Open Houses, and maybe with your buyer broker. You might see 10, 20, or even 200 places before you find one you want to make an offer on.
Just in case you are one of the people who wants to see a lot of houses, you might want to develop a system to keep track of what you have seen and your reaction to what you have seen.
Now, I have to look at a lot of houses so my buyers don't have to, and I have a mind like a steel trap when it comes to remembering houses. But in case you don't, here are some of the ways to help organize your home search.
- First, break it down into neighborhoods.
- Second, in each neighborhood, break it down by street.
- Use print outs (either from your agent or something you print out from on-line, and take notes.
- After a while, they all begin to look alike and run together, and it helps to find something unique about each one to put into your notes to help jog your memory - the dining room wallpaper or purple wall to wall carpeting. Whatever.
- Store them in a skinny little binder you carry with you.
- If you're really cool, set up a file in your I-Pad notes and do the same thing.
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