Has it ever happened to you? You are shopping for a new home. You have found perhaps 10 to 20 good listings and you are anxious to go out and look at all of them.

You contact your REALTOR® and she sets up showings to see 10 of them on day one and 10 of them on day 2. And now your first round of showings is over.

How do you feel? I’m betting you are feeling confused and overwhelmed. I’m betting you feel no further forward in your home search and selection before you went out to look at all those homes.

I suggest if you follow these steps, your home search will be more enjoyable, more effective and lot more productive.

1. Spend more time in the consideration mode

Before you start shopping for homes ask your REALTOR® to really help you drill down into what kind of home you really need, where that home should be etc. If you do this part properly, you should be able to eliminate many homes from your list, leaving only the most suitable.

2. Never see more than 3 to 5 homes on any one day

See too many and they all become a blur in your memory.

3. After each home showing

Draw up a Pros & Cons list. I suggest you ask your REALTOR® to take the listings brochure or highlight sheet and draft a Pros and Cons list on the back of the paper, right there in the house.

4. Give each home a rating

It could be 1 to 10, or it could be a percentage. There’s no such thing as a perfect home. Read this blog to learn more about that The 85% Home.

5. Keep only 3 homes on your list

Discard all but 3 listings. Call it your ‘rolling top 3’. That way you stay focused right through your home search and avoid confusion.

To shop for ALL homes in the metro Edmonton area, please go to our website www.AmbergateHomes.ca.

About the author:

You can read more about the author of this blog by clicking this link - Stuart Neal, Broker, REALTOR® & Team Lead.

Please feel free to call our broker owner Stuart Neal at: 780-760-2014 or visit our home buyers website www.AmbergateHomes.ca.

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