House Hunting Tips for Newlyweds

For the DFW real estate market, June is the start of our busy season. There’s an increase in listings, clients, showings –  and we wouldn’t have it any other way. But our industry isn’t the only one seeing a surge in business.

Just open Instagram, and your feed will be filled with breathtaking wedding photography and honeymoon selfies. Once those newlyweds return from paradise, it will be time to start preparing for one of life’s next milestones: home ownership.

On the surface, the road to home ownership can seem complicated or impossible for newlyweds. With a little preparation, guidance and patience, getting the house hunting process started will be a piece of (wedding) cake.

Make Separate Top 10 Must-Have Lists
The key word in this first tip is “separate.” When it comes to house hunting, all couples will end up compromising many times throughout the process, and that is normal. Keeping those compromises as positive as possible can be the hard part, which is why we recommend making your top 10 lists separately and independently. Once you both determine your must-haves, review the two lists for five common items. If there aren’t five, extend both lists to 20 must-haves and compare a second time. This way the focus remains on what you have in common, rather than what you don’t.

Discuss Long-Term Plans
Before jumping right in and looking at homes, it is important to sit down together and discuss the future. When would you both like to start a family? Is there a possibility for a job relocation? What lifestyle would you both like to achieve? What are your individual goals for the future? Communicating these plans will set the right foundation to move forward on.

Hire the Right Realtor for Your Needs
Just like dating, finding the right realtor that fits your needs takes time. Ask friends or relatives if they have any recommendations for real estate agents or attend local open houses to meet realtors. Once you have at least three agents in mind, take the time to interview each one before coming to a decision. If you are unsure of what to ask, the internet is a great resource for compiling a list of questions that are important to you both.

Make the Time De-Stress Each Day
Life in general can be incredibly stressful trying to balance work, marriage, money, health and more. Adding house hunting into the mix can be daunting, which is why setting aside 30 minutes to de-stress will do wonders for your sanity. Whether it is a walk around the block, playing fetch with the dog or meditation, it is never selfish to take that time to regroup and relax.

Be Willing to Hold Off House Hunting
A home is never worth damaging a marriage for, so understand that it is okay to take a step back from the process. The beauty of real estate is that there will always be homes for sale. If agreeing on a home is not possible, take a break from house hunting for a week or two. Once you both feel ready to dive back in, you’ll have a better perspective.

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