If You Really Want to Buy a House …

If you really want to buy a house here in the Phoenix real estate market, here are a few helpful things to keep in mind:

1) There is no prize for the person who looks at the most homes. If you’re looking at upwards of two dozen homes and haven’t written an offer either your sense of market value is off, you’re not quite sure what it is that you want or you’re working with an idiot of an agent who can’t translate your wants and needs into a concrete home.

2) Online searches should serve as your first, rough sort for your property search. If you don’t like the way the kitchen looks online, odds are you’re not going to like it in person either. So get rid of it. No photos or just one of the front? Probably safe to move along. There’s nothing sillier than going into a home you hated online just so you can confirm everything you didn’t like about it. I don’t need to walk into a Mimi’s Cafe to know I don’t want to eat there ever again.

3) Checking Zillow for a Zestimate does not constitute “market research” and does not give you an idea of a home’s market value. Zillow itself tells you that it’s within 10 percent of the real market value only about half the time here in Phoenix. If you are looking at Zillow, at least admit that you’re doing it for affirmation and not really for information.

4) Listen to your agent. The Phoenix market is very different depending on the area, the price range and the time of year. CNN doesn’t have the slightest idea what’s happening on the ground here; for that matter, neither does your brother-in-law who looked at 175 homes before finally buying one. Your agent does.

You want to buy. We want to help you buy because we get paid when you do. And we want you happy when you buy, because you then recommend the one agent in the Valley who you can be sure knows what he or she is doing.

Working together, we can make it far easier for you to buy that house.

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at allphoenixrealestate.com.