When we think about the impulse purchase, most of us picture a grocery store. After all, retailers purposefully set up their stores to encourage us to pick up and purchase items on a whim.
If you, like millions of consumers, like to shop for fun, if you are status conscious or if you find that you spend money without thinking about what you are buying or why you’re buying it, you may be an impulse shopper, according to Ian Zimmerman Ph.D. at psychologytoday.com.
We see the tendency often in our real estate business. Clients who have a wish list that they swear is set in stone yet fall madly in love with a home that offers few of the items on the list.
Let’s look at ways to avoid giving in to the impulse to buy a home that doesn’t match your wants and needs.
The most important features you want in a home go at the top of your home-shopping wish list. These are the non-negotiables – the extra bedroom, perhaps, or a community amenity you need.
These items should be in big, bold lettering so that when you glance at your list, there’s no way to miss them.
Not all these tips may apply to your situation, so use them as a guide to help you shop intelligently for that new home.
This is a very cursory overview of ways to keep your wits about you when shopping for a home for sale.
You can find a more in-depth checklist at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s website. We suggest you print several copies – one for each home you view.
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