Buyers- Open Your Mind And You May Be Surprised What You Find

home buyers need to keep an open mind


Whenever we have our initial meeting with our buyers, we always ask them detailed questions about what they are looking for in a home. Included in our list of questions is “what 3-5 things must your next home have?” We then go on to formulate a list of “must haves” and “wants” in an effort to find them the right match.

In our experience, however, at least 50% of buyers end up buying something that did not fit their original parameters. Although buyers may say they absolutely positively need something, they will often fall in love with a home that may not have everything they initially said they wanted.

Here are some examples of what some of our buyers initially said they wanted, and what they ended up buying:

WANTED                                              BOUGHT

4 BR home                                           3BR home, with an additional office/den

3 car garage                                        perfect home, but had a 2 car garage

older home with charm                        new construction

home on 1 acre                                    townhouse

home in city X                                      home in city Y

brick colonial                                        vinyl sided ranch


Think about this another way. If you are married or have a significant other, is your spouse exactly like you had imagined he or she would be? In our case, my wife wanted tall, dark, and handsome, and got me instead. In fact, she was hesitant to even go on a date with me when we first met because she didn’t think I was “her type.”  By keeping an open mind, Amy found the man of her dreams ( me ) and 13 years later, we’ve never been happier.

So, although buyers think they know exactly what they want, we think it’s best to communicate with your agent regarding what you want and why and be open to some suggestions from us on homes that you may not have originally considered.

If you keep an open mind to looking at homes that may not fit your exact parameters,  you may be surprised at what you end up falling in love with and buying.


Here are some other articles of interest for buyers:

Moving Up In A Down Market Can Make Sense 

How Much Can I Get That Home For?

Why Using A Buyer’s Agent Is Important

How Long Home Components Should Last




About The Authors:

This information is provided compliments of Amy and Dan Schuman, The Schuman Team Keller Williams Realty. The Schumans service primarily the Eastern suburbs of Cleveland have worked with numerous professional athletes, business owners, and executives who are relocating to Cleveland. They specialize in the Cleveland Ohio luxury home market and also enjoy working with first-time buyers as well.

If you are looking to buy or sell Cleveland real estate, including the surrounding suburbs, please contact the Schuman Team at 216-346-3235. 


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Buyers- Open Your Mind And You May Be Surprised What You Find is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©Feb2010  

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