3 Reasons Buying a Home Is Like Online Dating (Dave Ramsey)

The thrill of the hunt gets your blood pumping every time. You get butterflies in your stomach just thinking about it.

You know your perfect match is out there; you just didn’t expect the search to take so long. Every time a new contender catches your eye, another obstacle rears its ugly head.

Are you looking for love in all the wrong places?

Just to clarify, we’re talking about shopping for a home—not a romantic pursuit.

But hey, it’s Valentine’s Day. Why not have a little fun? Let’s count the ways that home buying is like online dating.

The Heart Won’t Lie—But Online Profiles Do

This one’s a no-brainer in the online dating world. In fact, most folks have come to expect it. But that doesn’t make the moment you discover your date’s photo was taken 10 piercings and a head of hair ago any less shocking. Or how about this sneak attack: the “I don’t do drama” date who makes the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills look tame? Yikes!

Online listings are no different. No matter how fabulous a home looks in pixels, things aren’t always as they seem. A home that “oozes with charm” may have weird stuff growing out of the gutters. Or that darling little Cape Cod you’ve been pining for might be smack-dab in the middle of two strip malls. If you want to keep heartbreak at bay, be prepared for surprises, and remember sometimes you really do need to see it to believe it.

Diva Demands Kill Your Game

You know the type. They boast a never-ending list of “musts” and “must nots” and wonder why they can’t score any dates. Anyone brave enough to try gets rejected right out of the gate.

Be honest with yourself: Are you that person?

Look, there’s a fine line between sticking to your guns and shooting yourself in the foot. Want to leave your home-buying dreams out in the cold? Here are a couple of great ways to do it:

  • You expect perfection. Homes are a lot like people: They all have flaws. It’s up to you to decide which ones you can live with. If you want to find a home this century, look for possibility instead of perfection. A fresh coat of paint can cover a multitude of ugly home sins.
  • You scare sellers away. Let’s face it: Sellers have the upper hand in many markets today. If that’s the case where you live, a flexible attitude can help you beat the competition. After all, which buyer do you think will win the bidding war—the one who’s willing to negotiate or the one with a miles-long list of contingencies?

Falling Too Hard, Too Fast, Will Cost You

When you find your perfect match, it’s easy to let love blind you. You get so caught up in your ideal that you overlook reality. Like the fact that she has 25 cats—and dresses them up in a new outfit every day. Dude, shake the dander from your eyes before you find yourself funding the latest feline fashion craze!

Don’t get hoodwinked by a cute-as-can-be charmer that flies more red flags than the Swiss embassy. The first few weeks may bring bliss, but just you wait. The crazy will come out and rip your budget to shreds while you sleep. A qualified home inspector can help you keep the googly eyes in check so you don’t spend happily ever after in a money pit.

The Quickest Way to Cut Through the Fish in the Sea

Online dating is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways for couples to meet. But one matchmaking method beats it: meeting through friends. Why? Because a friend knows you infinitely better than any computer algorithm ever can. 

So doesn’t it make sense to harness the power of personal insight in your next home search? Here’s how to make it happen: Work with an experienced real estate agent who knows your market inside out and takes time to learn what makes you tick. A true pro keeps your best interests at heart and isn’t afraid to give it to you straight when emotion threatens to take over.


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