Buying a home… yes, I have patience

When I first meet with buyers, they are often cautious, saying they aren’t in a hurry and don’t want to be pushed into buying something. They are often relieved when I tell them it is not uncommon for me to work with clients for a year or more when they don’t have a timeline. The two photos above are good examples of how patience and persistence pay off in the long run. Both started working with me before the pandemic… and both said they wanted to buy a home but weren’t going to buy something just to buy… it had to be the right house at the right price in the right location.

The family above told me when we first met at the beginning of 2020 that they weren’t in a hurry and wouldn’t buy until they found the right house. In addition to a comfortable floor plan for their family of four, they really wanted a great kitchen open to a family living space walking out to a spacious yard in a location easily accessible to the schools they chose for their children and their activities. After starting to look in early 2020 and viewing 49 properties, they were happy to close on their new home in August 2023. And yes, they lost out on multiple offers to several homes along the way but were persistent in their search for the right home for them.

The woman standing in the garden of her new home last week looked even longer… starting in 2019 and viewing 75 homes. (YIKES!) People kept giving her a hard time, but she was persistent that she wasn’t going to buy until she found the right house at the right price in the right location… which for her was near water. Her new home is only about 100 steps from a lake dock… and yes, her purchase involved multiple offers and negotiations following an inspection but she is happy with her purchase. I am anxious to see it again next year, after she completes some renovations!

I recently showed a property to new clients. They said they were relieved I wasn’t pushing them to hurry and make an offer.

No worries… it is their timeline, not mine. With the housing supply near all-time lows patience may be needed. Don’t worry, I have lots of patience and the belief that when things are right they will work out.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results – shensrud@homesmsp.com

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