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Y- Yips: Quelling nerves for a first time home buyer

In ABC's of Real Estate, Buyersby Doug Phelps

Like stage fright or other anxiety-induced reaction, the yips are something that can negatively impact a golfer.  

The yips is basically a slang term for anxiety and tension that a golfer may feel, especially when putting. This reveals itself in short, jerky, uncoordinated movements instead of a smooth stroke.  

Anxiety can be a tough feeling to overcome in any aspect of life but especially when buying a home for the first time; a new buyer can have a whole new world of anxieties to overcome.  

To reduce anxiety as a first time home buyer, here are some proactive steps you can take. 

Have an agent

Your real estate agent is your number one resource in your home search. Your agent understands that if you are uncomfortable about something then you will not enjoy the process and ultimately end up unhappy which is what they want to help you avoid.  

A real estate agent wants you to be happy with your purchase decisions and help quell the anxiety.  

Your agent is ready and happy to answer questions about the overall process, help you to talk out any concerns or just vent in case you have an upset like losing a home to a higher offer.  

Never be afraid to reach out to your agent, he or she is there to help!

Take a new homebuyers’ class

As a new homebuyer, you have so many resources at your fingertips including your agent, the internet, your lender, your friends or family. 

For those who are true first-time homebuyers, new homebuyers’ classes can be very helpful.  

Sometimes, buyers who attend a first-time homebuyers’ class can be eligible for credits and grants towards their purchase which means that these classes offer monetary value as well as educational.  

If you look up these classes online, you should have many times and dates to pick from so that you can sign up and get educated about one of the biggest purchases of your life.  

The more educated you are, the less reason you have to be nervous. 

Know your numbers

Early on in the process, especially as you complete pre-approval with a lender, you will get very familiar with your finances including taxes, assets, and income.  

If you understand your financial situation prior to starting the home buying process there will be less of a surprise when your interest rate is given to you or when you are told how much home you can afford.  

Understanding what you can afford prior to your home search can prepare you for research on the kind of real estate in your area that you can afford.  

Doing this bit of research on your own can help you to prepare your wish list of home needs and wants as well.  

The more prepared you are, the less reason you have to be nervous.  

Talk to others who have bought homes

As social creatures, people like to share experiences with each other and this totally counts for real estate too.  

If you know people who have bought and sold multiple properties, it could be a good idea to ask them some questions and get questions that you didn’t know you might need to ask.  And perhaps they can refer you to the agent who helped them have a great buying experience.

When you’re ready or if you have any questions, contact me at (720) 323-4176, I’d love the chance to help you caddy your home search! Alternatively, you can search for homes right here on my website free of charge and without registering. Click here to start an online home search.


This post is part of an ongoing series where we talk about my two favorite things: golf and real estate!  Stay tuned for more golf-themed posts as we go through the ABC’s of real estate and provide helpful tips for home buyers and sellers alike.