Hi there! If you’re reading this, my guess is that you’ve recently decided that you want to buy a house – CONGRATS! Owning real estate is a great investment, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with its own set of challenges.
I’m going to give it to you straight – buying a home is STRESSFUL! At some point during the process, you’re going to question why you ever thought this was a good idea, but I promise you that it will be worth it! Even just making the decision that you’re ready to start looking can bring up all sorts of nervous energy.
One of the first steps in the process, and arguably the most important, is that you find the right REALTOR® for you. You want someone who gets you and really understands what you’re looking for, someone that you can trust and rely on, and maybe even vent to if it helps! Just know that whoever your agent is (and hopefully it’s me!), that they are there to help you navigate through this exciting, stressful, emotional rollercoaster of buying a home.
Once you find an agent, get pre-approved for a loan, and identify what kind of home you’re looking for, you’ll move on to showings, paperwork, contracts, negotiations, and the potential for all sorts of unforeseen issues along the way. This is where having the right agent is crucial! You need someone on your side who is going to talk you down off of the “I’ll just rent forever” cliff.
Real estate agents do a lot of work behind the scenes to keep a deal together and prevent the stress from landing on you as much as we can, but there are going to be times when we might have to give you bad news, like a rejected offer or something else that randomly happens that you didn’t prepare for. It would be unrealistic for me to tell you that you won’t have some stressful moments, but these are the times that some of these stress management tips will come in handy!
Below are 5 of my tips & tricks to help you find your inner peace when buying a home:
- Nasal Switching – Admittedly this is a weird one, but did you know that you usually only breathe out of one nostril at a time? Go ahead, breathe out and feel which side. Now, you have to concentrate really hard, but you can switch which nostril you breathe out of. I’m serious! It takes some practice, but I promise that while you’re trying to switch it over from side to side, you’ll be so focused on doing it that you’ll totally forget what you were stressing about in the first place!
- Exercise – Exercise is really good not only for physical health, but for mental health, too! Go for a 5-minute walk, strike a yoga pose, meditate, use a punching bag – whatever works for you!
- Deep Breathing – Everyone tells you to just take a couple deep breaths, but how often do you actually practice it? When you start to feel overwhelmed, stop what you are doing and just take 3 slow, deep breaths. Re-center yourself and look at the problem again with some fresh oxygen coursing through you!
- Laugh! – Call a friend or family, watch a funny video, think about something that recently made you laugh so hard you cried. Whatever you can find to give you that comic relief, use it!
- Focus on what you CAN control. – There will be parts of this process that you can’t control, but you do have control over how you react to problems that come up. A wise person once said “don’t sweat the small stuff,” and that definitely applies here! Try not to let the little details cloud the bigger picture of the goal you’re working towards. Focus on that new home that you’ll soon have to start making memories in instead!
I hope you are able to try some of these tips! Comment below and let me know how they worked for you!
Until next time! – Ashley
P.S. – Ready to buy? Contact me so I can tell you about my buyer consultation process and help you manage your stress from the very beginning!