I recently was privileged to watch my daughter Amanda go through the process of buying her first house with her fiance Chris.
They live 2 hours apart so they would sit at the computer each night, one in Barrie and one in Brantford, looking through MLS listings and deciding together while on the phone which properties would make it onto their "must see list" for that weekend. Five seconds max on each one. If the first picture did not have the curb appeal they clicked through to the next listing. If the first picture was appealing, it was the same procedure with the interiors. Loud colours, clutter, furniture misplaced...they clicked through to the next listing. Sound familiar? We tell our clients how critical Home Staging is to attract potential buyers, but to see it in action was a real eye opener even for me. To spend that much money by looking at photos that quickly and making snap judgements on whether to put that listing on their "must see list" was fascinating to watch.
After 5 long months they found their dream home in the neighbourhood they wanted to live in and in their price range. They will be married on September 13th and wish them every happiness in their new home.
Notice the really big calculator. That's because it was a really big deal buying their first house! :)
The happy couple are now married and living happily in their dream home.