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My husband and I are looking to buy our first home in the following months. We have looked at about 10 houses and it feels like our Realtor might be getting impatient at us, for not having found a house we are really truly interested. My question is, what is the average number of houses to look at before the typical American buys a home? Of course, we are not going to buy just any house based on this number but I’m just merely curious at the number. Thanks

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    July 19, 2011 at 8:52 am

    However many houses it takes before you find the one you want and can afford.

    My wife and I looked at 3 houses before we bough our first home. But we had also done plenty of our own research on what we were looking for, what we could spend, and where we wanted to live.

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    July 19, 2011 at 9:40 am

    When we bought our first house we looked at probably about 10-15 houses before finding the right one for us.

    The second time we bought a house, we looked at just 1. We had a lot better idea of what we wanted that time, and could look at most houses inside and out online before going to see them though, so that really helped.

    We asked our 2nd agent if she’s ever had an easy sale like that before, she said she hadn’t. She has a number of clients at the other end of the spectrum though who have looked at over 50 houses over an entire year and still haven’t found what they’re looking for.

    If your agent is getting impatient with you, you can either try giving them more feedback on what you don’t like about the houses they’re showing you, or you could ask them if he/she thinks your expectations are reasonable. Many first time home buyers ‘want it all’, but for a price that makes it impossible, so you may have to compromise.

    Your 3rd option is that if you think your agent is getting impatient with you and not giving you the time and help you deserve, dump them and find another one.

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    July 19, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Less than 10! You should tell him what you guys want already, so he can help you.

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    July 19, 2011 at 10:45 am

    The correct answer is.. AS MANY AS YOU WANT!
    I am a Realtor, and sometimes I have gotten those extremely picky clients. But your Realtor should recognize that the money spent on this purchase will be yours, and you need to be happy living there. PERIOD!
    I always tell my buyers this…. “you will not find 100% of what you are looking for unless you build. But if you find between 75-85% of what your looking for, then we are heading in the right direction”

    Some Key questions for you while choosing a property..
    1. Is your agent finding you homes that meet your specifications?
    2. If you do find something you like but wish it had ____, can it be added, or changed at a future time to make it what you want?
    3. If your agent is growing impatient, are they truly looking out for your best interests? The clients needs ALWAYS come before the agents.

    I have already showed a client homes for 2 consecutive years before they found what they were looking for. The area they wanted to move to, number one, didn’t have a high “for sale” market. Also, when a home did come on the market, it might not have had the number of bedrooms needed or something like that. So what we did was, when we located a house that was close to her requirements, we went and looked at it. She decided that it wasn’t exactly what she was looking for, but there were some things her and her fiance could do to get it where she needed it to be. So we compromised. Sometimes you will have to do that also. Good luck in your future home ownership, and make sure you ask about the first time home buyers tax credit! You can use this as your down payment now! ( Up to 10% of the purchase price or 8,000. which ever is the lower)

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    July 19, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Sometimes you have to see what is out there before you can make a choice. Ten is not an extreme number, assuming you are not looking at them one at a time, but 2 or 3 at a time. Talk to your realtor about this. Go to some Open Houses, or consider a different realtor.
    We bought one house after looking at only it, and demanding realtor stay–missing another appointment–for us to write up offer. That was NOT our first house though, but our 3rd. For our first we looked at a lot of homes in different areas (more than 10), and finally found what we felt good about and could afford. Our realtor was very patient with us. And in these difficult financial times, realtors are hurting as they get paid ONLY when a house closes. So discuss issue with your realtor.

    Think about the houses you saw and make a list of what you liked and disliked about each. Maybe it is time to re-evaluate what you are looking for. Realtor can be very helpful in this process. After 10 homes you should be ready to fine-tune the process.

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    July 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    My wife and I wanted to find the house that we would live in asap, but didnt want to overrush. Around the 15th house we looked at, we almost cut a deal.

    Then we looked at a couple of more areas and used 3 different realtors. We took 2 more months and rejected the first deal but it paid off big time. We got a much nicer house in an equivalent neighborhood for $ 50k less!

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    July 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    As many as you want; don’t let the realtor intimidate you. There is no such thing as average when it comes to making a major purchase in your life. Best Wishes!

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    July 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    We must have walked through over a hundred model homes to pick a style and then told the Realtor to focus on that style and it was about 20 homes later that we found one.

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    July 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    There is no number the first house we bought we must have looked at at least 30 but when we walked into the home we just knew it, the second we pushed ourselves and where not happy, this one we are in now was the first one we looked at and we again knew the minute we walked in this was it. When we left we discussed and both agreed and have been happy. You will know when you find it something inside as long as you do not analyze everything and you both are in agreement. It is a gut feeling

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