2015 debuts to new commitments - for me and for future homebuyers

In the New Year, many people set new goals. Whether you’re inspired to set a personal record in a race or get that promotion at work, the key factor is you set a concrete goal requiring effort and change.

Is buying a 757 home in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, etc. on your list of 2015 goals?  If it is, here are a few home-buying resolutions I would suggest for you-

Start looking before spring.
It’s true that homes sell best in the spring. Many families are targeting the end of the school season to make a move. Of course, that’s also why searching for a home in the winter is an edge for buyers. Consider starting your search in February or March while your competing homebuyers are hibernating.

If a new home is in your future, don’t make other big purchases.
If you’re pre-approved for a loan, don’t make another financial decision before finalizing your plan to buy a home. New debt could take your preferred loan off the table. And even if you haven’t been pre-approved, if you think you will begin the search for a new home later this year, hold off on other major purchases, like a new car.

Plan way, way ahead.
Buying a home isn’t about property, it’s about your life. Think about how your family might change in the next few years - what kind of space will you need then? Choosing a home that you believe will suit you for at least five years is a good rule of thumb.

Prioritize what you want in a home. (see my recent post on what your realtor needs to know about you)

Independently, I have a few goals I’ve set too. Although most New Year’s resolutions tend to fade away after January, I’ve come up with a few that I plan to keep all year long.  

Personally, I resolve to learn something new every day. This year, I’m making time to read articles and books, discuss ideas with colleagues and attend industry events. There are endless opportunities to learn, and I want to take advantage of every resource. And it’s not just about collecting information, it’s putting that new knowledge into action. 

For my business, I resolve to stay connected. Making phone calls sending emails just  won’t cut it these days. Communication is key in this industry and esse

ntial to growing business. Staying active on social network sites such a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and of course this blog are all venues to connect with past, present and potential clients. 

For my clients looking for homes in Hampton Roads, I resolve to give them the best home buying/selling experience around. My clients are a driving force for me. I will respect their time, do everything I can to meet (and beat) their expectations, and work to be a trusted advisor to every client.


What are you 2015 resolutions?