Scared to Become a Real Estate Home Buyer?

Scared to Become a Real Estate Home Buyer?

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.”

– Jiddu Krishnamurti


It can be an overwhelming decision to purchase a home, regardless if it is your first home or your last one (you hope). Over the years, buyers have shared with our McCullough Team members some of their greatest fears when buying and we thought it might be a good idea to share with you and see if any match your concerns.


1. The “Stalker” Home Seller. Without question, having a seller present during a showing can create a huge sense of unease for a buyer. There is the type of home owner who will take the realtor and buyer through the empty home and point out each of the non-furnished bedrooms and tell you that the mold on the windows is “nothing”. There is also the type of home owner whose initial greeting is to tell you that they have priced the home at market value and won’t take a penny less. For many buyers, dealing face-to face with a seller can be a huge fear, especially if they don’t really like the home!


2. Photos of a Home Taken Years Ago. Have you ever seen a home online that looks absolutely beautiful and you convince yourself that “this is the ONE” only to actually go through the home and realize that the photos look NOTHING like the present condition of the property? Agents sometimes would just recycle photos of a property before it had been tenanted or when it was originally purchased by the current owner, and this can be very distressing for a buyer.


3. Home that is Rented. Buyers can be a bit taken back when viewing tenanted homes as some tenants can be found “napping” on couches, smoking drugs, or engaging in activities that would make a nun blush knowing full well that buyers are going to be viewing the home at that time. It can be especially awkward to find a tenant or their friend sleeping in a bedroom when you least expect it!  Myles recently had a client who had concerns about purchasing a home that had been tenanted for many years.  Myles was able to ensure that a holdback was done to protect the buyers and scheduled a walk-through of the home prior to completion with the buyers to ensure that any repairs and cleaning was done as per the contract.  It is so important to use an experienced real estate team as many times, a buyer can be shocked at the condition of a home when they move in, and have nothing in the sales contract to protect them.  This can literally cost a buyer thousands of dollars in additional costs and needless headaches!


4. Really Messy Homes. Trying to look past the cleanliness of a home can be very difficult for a home buyer. Everyone has their own interpretation of what a clean home is, but showing a potential buyer a home that is littered with garbage or soiled diapers can be especially stressful for a realtor and his client. I recall showing an upscale home owned by a doctor to a client. As we entered the master bedroom, we soon learned that this doctor’s idea of doing laundry was to stick all of his clothes in the Jacuzzi tub in the ensuite, turn it on and then spread the clothes out to dry. I must admit that I was a little freaked out as well!


5. Pets Can Be Scary. I may be a bit overly factitious with maintaining my own home, but showing a home to buyers when there is pet poop in the house or even in the yard can be distressing. Sometimes agents will advise that it is okay to show a property but that the dog or cat will be inside the home during the showing. It is so important that sellers understand that their pet may be a turnoff for a buyer. I have shown properties to nervous buyers who are scared of dogs, only to have a large German Shepherd in the backyard in an enclosure growling and barking at the client. Cats can be very sneaky and dart out at buyers like ninjas and I am certain that one day a buyer will end up having a heart attack solely because a feline decided to hurl itself at an unsuspecting buyer!


There are a lot of things that can cause fear when considering buying a home, but with the help of an experienced real estate team like McCullough Marketing, we can help ease your concerns. We will work with you to ensure that you are protected from the common pitfalls of viewing homes as we often have seen the listings on tour or with other clients and can advise you as to their condition, etc.


Should you have any questions about buying a home, please feel free to contact me anytime at 250-751-1223 or email me at and let our team help you get moving in the right direction.  DON’T FORGET…our RE/MAX of Nanaimo Customer Appreciation Day is fast approaching and you are invited!!  It will be on Saturday, June 11th at our RE/MAX location (5140 Metral Drive) and there will be a FREE BBQ, petting zoo, rides and lots of entertainment.  We hope to see you there.

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