By Priscilla R. Toomey, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Julia B. Fee/Sotheby's International Realty
Feb. 14, 2018: There is an area real estate office with a sign that reads: "The house you saw yesterday and are thinking of putting an offer on tomorrow is the same house someone else saw yesterday and is putting an offer on today." It's only human nature to think another more a desirable, less expensive, larger, more recently renovated house will come on the market at some point in the future. It might. But you could lose out on the house you just saw and loved in the meantime.
Let me repeat other words of wisdom a very experienced agent tried to impart to a "newbie" once upon a time: "Half the journey is finding the house, the other half is making it yours."
There's a reason behind the saying "the grass is always greener," but, as we know, it often doesn't hold true. Sometimes it just appears to be that way and we'd be happier if we'd made an offer on that earlier house we loved--before someone else snatched it up.
Today's buyers tend to want everything on their wish list and believe they should wait until they find it. Yet the "sweet spot" in buying a home is often a house that is not perfect but that has most of the items on that buyer's checklist--but most likely not all. Those are the homes other buyers may have passed over and can be bought at an attractive price and made your own.
This applies especially to kitchen/family room combinations ("open plan"). Many older homes were built with traditional kitchens, and converting them to beautiful open-plan kitchen/family room combinations is, admittedly, a chunk of work and expense. But at the end of the day, you have something that suits your taste, not someone else's, and gives you joy to live in and come home to.
Homes that meet most, though not all, of your criteria as a buyer may be the perfect solution for you. Don't lose what you love.
Pictured here: Priscilla Toomey, licensed associate real estate broker, JD, ABR, Top5, certified EcoBroker, SRES with Julia B. Fee/Sotheby's International Realty, 2 Park Place, Bronxville, NY 10708; cell, 914-559-8084; email,
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