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P- Pace: How to Look for a House Quickly and Correctly

In ABC's of Real Estate, Buyers, Sellers by Doug Phelps

A simple physics problem: energy travels from the golf club and causes the ball to move.  Depending on the course and hole, this swing may be for many yards or just a short, succinct hit for a shot which is mere inches from the hole. Of course, even on a short putt, a golfer could have the issue of not creating enough power and energy in their hit and the ball still misses the hole. This is a frustrating thing for a golfer, and all because the pace was off.  The Pace is simply defined as the speed a putt must achieve for a ball to make it into the hole.

Too much speed or too little speed can change the outcome of your game in both golf and life. For example, as Summer wraps up many buyers and sellers alike are ever-aware of the fast-approaching school year and may try to speed up their home search process in order to make room for everything else going on. When done incorrectly this can lead to poor decision making and a bad real estate experience.

Read this post to learn how a solid real estate agent, like Doug Phelps, can help set the correct pace for your home buying or selling needs in conjunction with all the normal chaos of everyday life.

Examine your timeline

Now is a good time to really assess your timeline and figure out if there is any wiggle room.  We all have ideal timelines and then there are actual timelines. Timelines and deadlines are part of life and your realtor should be made aware of anything upcoming in your life that will not have any wiggle room.  For example, maybe you want to sell your home before your spouse leaves for their military deployment. Or maybe you have a child who needs to enroll in a specific school district across the city and you need to be at a new address by a certain time.  These things need to be known right when the process starts so your realtor can help.

Compromise

Know that anytime you are dealing with timeliness, budget and a wishlist, you may need to compromise on one of those things.  As the saying goes, “speed, price: pick two”. Really ask yourself if there is any room for compromise in all of the things you want.  If a deadline is non-negotiable then you may want to re-evaluate budget (either increase or decrease) or compromise on your wishlist. Decide what is truly a priority for you.

Organization

The thing that can most help the home selling or buying process go quicker is organization!  If you are buying quickly, do you have all of your important paperwork like bank statements, tax returns and bank statements ready to be sent out?  If you are selling do you have everything in order and cleaned at the house so you can show it at a moment’s notice if needed? Organization and being prepared on your part will truly help you meet your tight deadlines.  

De-Stress

Buying or selling a home very quickly can be a stressful process, especially if the rest of life is rather chaotic.  Remind yourself that this circumstance is very temporary and the process will be over soon. Realtors, inspectors and mortgage professionals are there to help you and get you to your intended outcome so remember that when you feel yourself losing patience or becoming annoyed.  It is a stressful time and it’s OK to feel less than positive at times. Be sure to take care of yourself in the meantime and before you know it, you’ll be sipping coffee in your new kitchen! 

When you’re ready to begin your home search, 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.