Growing up, my Mom always told me, “Good things come to those who wait”.   Even though we have become an instant gratification society, her words still ring true.

I love HGTV, but while these shows are entertaining to watch, they perpetuate the idea that buying and selling can be accomplished instantly.  As a buyer, you are unlikely to look at three homes and fall in love with one of them.  Realtor.com reports that the average home buyer will look at 10 homes over 10 weeks’ time before finding ‘the one’.   I think even that number is low.  Once we find a home, Chip and Joanna Gaines and the Property Brothers have led us to believe we need to completely remodel before we can move in.  Having expectations like this sets us up for disappointment.  For most, it isn’t realistic that you will have the resources for a major renovation as soon as you purchase.  When we bought our first house, I didn’t heed my mother’s advice, and we gutted our avocado kitchen immediately.  While having a new kitchen right away was nice, I realized 6 months later that a different layout would have worked better.  Had I waited to see how we lived in the space, I could have taken the time to make more thoughtful updates. 

If you’re thinking of buying or selling this year, forget what you saw on HGTV and remember that my Mom was right, good things do come to those who wait!

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