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Susan Thibeault, Laer Realty PartnersPhone: (978) 204-3679
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Avoid Having Tunnel Vision When Buying a House

by Susan Thibeault 10/07/2019

No matter what your age, buying a new home symbolizes the beginning of a new chapter in your life. It's an exciting event, whether you're a first-time home buyer or a retiree looking to downsize. When you stumble upon a house in your price range that has the features and characteristics you've been searching for, it can be a life-changing moment!

Unfortunately, it's at this point that many people cast their good judgment to the wind! Although it's difficult to separate your emotions from the rational part of your brain, it's crucial that you try to make a balanced decision -- one that's based on your budget, your short-term needs, and your long-term goals.

Sometimes buyers can develop "tunnel vision" when they see a house with a white picket fence, a big backyard, or a cozy-looking eat-in kitchen. In some cases, people are irresistibly drawn to a house that reminds them of where they grew up. While all those elements can enhance a home's ambiance and charm, the most satisfying home-buying choices usually come from being able to look at "the big picture."

One vital step in the house-buying process that helps eliminate a lot of the risk is having the property carefully looked over by a certified house inspector. That way, even if your judgement is a little skewed by your emotional attachment to the house's architectural style or its resemblance to the house you grew up in, you can be reasonably sure it is structurally sound and free from any major defects. Although home inspectors can't look behind walls or accurately predict how long an HVAC system will last, they can provide you with valuable insights into the condition of the house, the stability of the foundation, and other aspects of the property. When you know the strengths and weaknesses of a house you're considering buying, you can make an informed decision that will be based, in large part, on a professional, objective opinion.

Other factors worth bringing into your decision might include the commuting distance to your job or business, the amount of privacy the property affords, the overall character of the neighborhood, and the proximity of the property to grocery stores, drug stores, other retail shops, entertainment, recreation, childcare, medical services, family, friends, and other necessities. When choosing a place to call home, you may also want to take note of how quiet (or noisy) the neighborhood is, its access to highways and transportation services, and the reputation and ranking of the local school district.

Additional information about desirable places to live can be gleaned from websites like Livability, U.S. News and World Report, Niche, Money Magazine, and the National Association of Realtors. To get expert guidance that relates to your specific circumstances and wish list, consider working with an experienced real estate agent. They'll help you navigate the market, negotiate on your behalf, and find the home that best suits your needs and lifestyle.

About the Author
Author

Susan Thibeault

One sentence about your real estate career (length, awards, accomplishments): Real estate has been my passion since graduating from college. In addition to real estate sales, I worked for a real estate attorney several years- an invaluable experience added to my overall knowledge of the real estate process. I have been a gold level top producer broker consistently since 2003, making Remax's hall of fame in 2015. 

Who Inspires you and why? My paternal grandmother will always be an inspiration. She followed her dream of moving to the United States at a young age by herself. She was independent and worked hard to build a life here before meeting my Grandfather. She taught me to 'take the driver's seat to get where you want to go'.

Favorite Quote: 'Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away'. 

Best advice ever received and from whom: Treat everyone the way you want to be treated. - Mom

Favorite historic building or town?  Boston!

Favorite book: 'The Boys in the Boat' by Daniel James Brown. 

What is the best part of your job? The best part of my job is meeting great people and making new friends!

Three Lifestyle Tips: 1)  Have a positive attitude; 2) surround yourself with loved ones as often as possible; 3) get up and move, outdoors preferably.

As your company continues to grow, what are you most excited about? Helping improve more family's lives! 

Your funniest real estate story: After showing a listing that was always staged beautifully, my client called me and couldn't talk for a while because she was laughing so hard. She wanted to know if her cat placed her dirty underwear on the staircase before or after the showing! We love our pets, but know they don't help sell real estate. Thankfully in this case, the cat's dirty deed was post-showing! 

What most people would be surprised to know about you: I sang in a rock band back in the day!