Fall in LOVE 2

with your new home!

It’s the time of year that we all start thinking about love and pretty soon we’ll be in the busy spring market. If you do not love your home, maybe it’s time for a new one. Buying a home is a lot like dating. With time and effort you can turn a crush into a love if it’s meant to be.

A survey by Realtor.com shows that falling head-over-heels for a house is fairly common—69% of respondents reported that they have had a home crush. House-hunters with a “home crush,” as defined in the survey, are drawn to the same house again and again. Realtor.com surveyed the 1,082 individuals who reported having had a home crush and found:

  • Women are more likely to crush on a home that is out of their price range: 41% of women said their home crush is out of their price range, compared with 30% of men.
Men tend to move from one home crush to another: 36% of men said they find a new home crush weekly, compared with 29% of women.
Outdoor living spaces are the most attractive home attributes to both men and women: 54% of women and 46% of men said outdoor living spaces like backyards, decks and patios make them fall in real-estate love. In addition, 42% of women preferred open-floor plans, and 40% of men indicated garages.
Pictures matter the most: Nearly 80% of home buyers first find their home crush on their computer. After that, about one-third then decide to go see the house in person.
Fortunately, unlike with relationships, picky home buyers do not need to limit themselves to what’s on the market. Rebuilding, redecorating or building from scratch are also options.

The best way to keep in your price range and make sure you fall in love with a home you can afford is to let an agent search for you. Start with a list of your needs and wants, and avoid the temptation to search on your own. A good agent will send you a list of homes that you can crush on and help you narrow down to the one you can fall in love with.

Helen Oliveri is a 12-year real estate professional who loves our community and helping clients achieve their real estate goals is her priority. She is the managing broker of the newly opened Keller Williams Realty Partners, home of The Helen Oliveri Team in Hawthorn Woods where she also resides. Feel free to visit the new office in Cherry Hill Plaza at 101 W. Gilmer Road and online at HelenOliveri.com.