Best First-Time Buyer advice ever

A lot of my first-time buyers from 2008-2011 are beginning to sell their houses.

Most of them probably remember me telling them that I wanted to find a house that would be easy to sell regardless of the market when that time comes.  I would tell them that right now, they are just thinking about finding a house they like.  While I wanted that too, I’d tell them I was also thinking about their exit plan.  I would tell them that one day they may have some big life changing event that requires them to move.  I didn’t want the sale of their house to stand in the way of their plans……picking a house that would be easy to sell again and not paying too much for it would set them up for their next move.

See, back then I would see sellers who paid too much and would have to bring money to the closing just to get out of their house.  Since they didn’t have any equity, they ended up renting rather than buying when they moved.  I would see people turn down job opportunities because they couldn’t afford to sit on a vacant house while it was on the market.  I would see a couple where one stayed in their old house while on the market and the other was renting a small apartment in another state for a new job.

Real estate can be a real blessing to your life or a noose around your neck.

Right now we are back to the frenzy of the early 2000s where everybody is all rainbows and unicorns.  Buyers feel lucky to get any house these days.  It doesn’t matter if it has a steep driveway and backs to a loading dock.

But you know what I am saying to my first-time buyers today?  I tell them that I want to find a house that will be easy to sell regardless of the market when that time comes.  I tell them that right now, they are just thinking about finding a house they like.  While I want that too, I tell them I am also thinking about their exit plan.  I tell them that one day they may have some big life changing event that requires them to move.  I don’t want the sale of their house to stand in the way of their plans……picking a house that will be easy to sell again and not paying too much for it will set them up for their next move.

And this advice is all the more important in a seller’s market.

 

 

 

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