Buying a Santa Cruz Home: How to Reduce Stress

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Saturday, May 21st, 2011 at 11:01pm.

If you’re preparing to buy a Santa Cruz home, you may already be thinking about the stress of interviewing real estate agents, searching for homes and getting a mortgage.

Here are 7 ways to reduce the stress often associated with buying a Santa Cruz home:

1. Hire a real estate agent who fits your personality.  Find someone who you trust, who communicates well with you, and who you feel comfortable being around.

2. Listen to your agent.  Once you’ve hired an agent you trust, listen to her advice.  Don’t stress yourself out by second guessing her.  You hired her because she’s an expert, so relax and take her recommendations.

3. Have it your way.  Make decisions based on your needs and desires, not those of your parents or friends.

4. Get early mortgage approval. The best time to shop for your mortgage is before you start shopping for a house.  Get approved for your mortgage, and then start your house search.

5. Know when to give in.  Are you really going to let that $500 the sellers refuse to give up keep you from owning the home you want?  Successful negotiation depends on both parties doing some give and take.

6. Focus on the positive.  It’s unlikely that you’ll ever find a home that meets all your needs, wants and desires.  Focus on the positive aspects of the home you’ve chosen such as location, comfort and safety; don’t worry about the minor negatives that can easily be changed such as the lime green wallpaper or the shag carpet.

7. Expect buyer’s remorse.  After making any big purchase, a little buyer’s remorse is bound to happen.  Remind yourself of all the things you like about your new Santa Cruz home, and the buyer’s remorse will pass.

If you’re in the market for a new Santa Cruz home, I can help you accomplish your real estate goals while keeping stress to a minimum.  Give me a call today at 831-662-6522 or email me at for more information.

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About Lauren Spencer

Award-Winning Santa Cruz REALTOR®

Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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