Finding the perfect house is kind of like finding the perfect running shoes. Don’t believe me? Let me explain…:)
So just the other day, I am in my favorite running store. I went in with an open mind, which is not something I would normally do. (I’m usually brand loyal). My alignment has been off and had a feeling there might be something better for me. Something different, but wasn’t sure what is was… yet. And as with shoes, it’s just as important to go in with an open mind while touring houses. You need to be open to the possibilities. Maybe you think you need a house with a huge yard, but look at a house with a small yard. You discover it’s your dream home and there’s a fantastic park across the street. Suddenly the yard may be less important, because the park is actually more ideal. It’s good you kept an open mind and looked at that house.
Secondly, you need to know what’s important to you in a house… just like a shoe, right? Are you looking for the pretty features and the latest and greatest details? Or is functionality more important? It’s not to say you can’t have both, but perhaps a house has been newly remodeled to look magazine worthy, but no matter how you picture it, there is no place for your oversized kitchen table. (You could forcibly buy a smaller table, but then where would the in-laws sit when they visit?? (Knowing the garage is probably [I say that loosely] not an option.:) And who needs a pretty gold swoosh on your shoes if the shoe is too narrow?
Also…. Enjoy the process! If you’ve done your homework and have the basics figured out, such as knowing if you need to be close to schools, how much you afford and (most importantly!) having the right realtor who will help you through the whole buying process, then try and enjoy the experience.
I needed to remind myself to enjoy buying a different shoe brand… because this new shoe will ultimately be better for me. My beloved Asics had carried me through years of running. We had done marathons together, traveled together and just like that, it was over. But I remembered to enjoy finding the right shoe for me. It was all about functionality and keeping an open mind to the possibilities.
So just remember, whether it’s buying running shoes or buying a house, it’s basically the same thing.:)
Ever want to get out of the house? Maybe take a day trip? Not that going for a run isn’t great for the mind and body, but sometimes it’s good to mix it up and see some new scenery. Pack a lunch and throw the family in the car, because sometimes the best thing to do during these winter days is to get out and explore.
Check out this article I ran (no pun intended:) across and get a few ideas…5 amazing northwest winter hikes for families
You wouldn’t run in heels, would you? Or work out in a suit? Or certainly not leave your house without your fully charged device with the perfect playlist, would you?
These would all be ridiculous choices… just like trying to buy or sell a house without a professional real estate agent. Don’t get me wrong; I think that “can do” attitude is great (especially when it comes to running hills)! But when it comes to the world of real estate, do you really want to “try and see” if you can get the best offer in the shortest amount of time? If you were at all wondering, the answer is NO! Let me tell you just a few amazing things your real estate agent will do for you:
There is a lot of paperwork! And paying attention to the details is key. One omission or slight mistake could have you losing out on your dream home or losing your escrow money, to name a couple.
We have access to the MLS (aka Multiple Listing Service). And… it’s the most up-to-date database of all homes for sale. Want to see comparable sales in a neighborhood? We can do that. Looking for a particular style of house, with a view, master on the first floor AND built in the last 5 years? If it’s out there, we will find it and set up a time for you to tour the house. Just sit back and let us take care of the details.
Marketing is our middle name. You can’t sell your house/condo/land etc. if no one knows about it. It needs to be advertised! Professional photos will showcase your home and they will be seen far and wide.
Guidance, guidance and more guidance. There are contracts, escrow accounts, inspections, title searches, home appraisals – to name a few. It can seem overwhelming, but when we take you through step by step, you’ll wonder why you were stressing in the first place.
So put on your proper running shoes and find yourself a good real estate agent who will run the extra mile for you!
Want to get the feel of an area or neighborhood, but driving through it is sooo 2018? What better way to see Bainbridge Island than by running through part of it (ok, we can walk too if that’s your thing). All your senses will be turned on and ready to take it all in. You want to be able to visualize yourself in the neighborhood. Can you picture yourself walking your dog there? Is it a good area for the kids to play? Are you in walking distance to get your latte? We all have priorities, right??
And what can you hear or not hear? Maybe the birds and nature sounds are your thing or maybe hearing the hum of the cars drive by is more soothing. Maybe you will even get a chance to talk to a few of the locals in the area. These are the people you will be borrowing sugar from. Picture yourself walking in your robe and knocking on their door to get that glorious sugar.
And remember, any smells are not as noticeable from a car. But when you are taking in those nice deep breaths, you’ll notice everything. Good and bad. But not in that order.
Buying the right house is key, but finding the right neighborhood is just as significant. So start that new years tradition being more active and get out there and run the neighborhoods. Contact me when you are ready to get the Bainbridge Island running experience. I will plot out an area for us to run and give you the facts about the neighborhood while running (or walking of course.)
Living in Washington we see our fair share of rain. And rain or shine, I’ll be out there running. As long as I’m properly dressed, it can be refreshing to run in the rain.
You know what else is great about the rain? When you are buying a house and going through inspections, the rain will let you know if there are any potential leaky areas in and around the house. Finding any hidden issues upfront is the way to go. Buying a house during the summer is good, but buying in the winter could prove to be more beneficial.
If you have any questions about Real Estate and/or running, don’t hesitate to reach out.