buyers__sellers_sign_400It's not unusual for home buyers to have cold feet when buying a home.  In fact, it happens all the time.  The trick is to just get over it.  Of course, getting over it could mean working through the feelings and buying a home or realizing that your cold feet are trying to tell you something and buying a different one.

Consult Your List Of Needs And Wants

The first step to getting over cold feet is consulting your list of needs and wants when it comes to your future home.  If you don't have this list, then take your time compiling it now.  When you have this list in front of you, you can check it to see how close the home that you are thinking of buying fits its criteria.  If it looks good on paper, then move on to the next step.

Consider Your Home Buying Timeline

The second step is to consider your timeline.  Do you have to buy a house in the immediate future for some reason, or can you afford to wait a while?  If you are in a time crunch, then you want to keep that in mind.  If not, then you can be more open to the idea of taking the time to find another house.

Be Honest About How You Feel

This might sound a bit touchy feely, but it can be a huge help.  If you don't like the house for some reason, be honest about that.  If you're feeling afraid of the sale but you don't know why, then be honest about that.  The feelings that home buyers have can hide behind nitpicking, procrastination, and all kinds of other behaviors if you don't express them.  Be honest about the gut feeling that you have about a house because that can often tip the scales in favor of buying it or in favor of moving on to find a different one.

Pro And Con Lists Can Help

If you still can't locate the reasons for your cold feet, then a list of pros and cons may be able to assist you with this dilemma.  Seeing in black and white what you like and don't like about the house will allow you to look at the realities of the house instead of any lingering fears that you may have.  Pros and cons don't lie, so you can trust them to tell you if you should go ahead with buying a home or if you should take your cold feet as a sign that now isn't the time to buy.

You will get over your cold feet when the time is right, and these steps can help to push you in the right direction.  You don't want to do anything you are not ready to do, especially if that thing is buying a home; but you don't want to be paralyzed when you try to make a final decision.  You need to listen to your cold feet.  They may be telling you that you're about to make a bad decision or that you're just among those home buyers who get nervous when they have finally found the home of their dreams. 

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