Owning a home has great financial benefitsIn a recent research paper, Homeownership and the American Dream, Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of the Urban Land Institute explained:â€
Preface: Welcome to my blog. (Kind of a cliche way to start but it's my blog so I am going to roll with it.) Thank you for taking the time to view our newly launched website as well as to visit my blog section. Starting today, I am going to run a bi-weekly blog to provide levity, value, and/or information for those of you who wish to follow me (or at least pop by once in a while, that would be nice as well). My intention is to provide a means for interaction between us (you the audience and myself the Realtor). Although each post will tie into Real Estate in one fashion or another (You are on a Real Estate site after all), I would also like to share personal experiences and thoughts with you as well as hear what you have to share. Every other week, I will bring a new topic to you based on what has transpired in my world or, sometimes, based upon your suggestions. I will then invite you to email me with an experience or thought relating to the subject. On my next post, I will then post the best emails that I receive anonymously, unless you specify you would like your name to be shared. I believe this is a great way for us to get to know more about each other and to allow you to learn more about the Realtor on the other side of the interweb. So without further ado, let us get started...
Several days ago, I was standing in line at a convenience store. My Fiance asked me to pick her out a breakfast sandwich, which of course since it was only one thing, the line was long with only one person working the register. As I stood there, I began to look around at the various things this store offered. I will admit that as a child I loved chocolate, but as an adult, it is very rare that I have any. This particular day, my eyes fell upon a bar of chocolate that peaked my interest. It was the store brand, but what fascinated me was the selection of various things the bar was filled with. From Rasberry to Coconut, and Caramel to, well pretty much anything I could think of. As I scanned these bars, I saw one that was filled with Brownie Batter. I thought, "Man, I bet that would taste incredible!!" So as I got to the front of the line, I reached into the box to grab one. Now, instead of grabbing the one that was visible, I reached in and grabbed a different one, something I have always done for some wild reason or another (which I may now have to stop doing). This particular one was laying down so that you could only see the top of the bar and not the face of it. So I purchase my items and go back to my truck feeling excited to have this new found chocolate bar. As we started on our daily errands, I unwrapped the bar and took my first bite. I expected something delicious, and although this wasn't bad at all, it just was not at all what I expected. I took a second bite thinking it would be different, and again, it just didn't have the taste I expected. I then inspected the wrapper and found the problem. When I reached into the box to grab what I thought was brownie batter, I grabbed a S'mores flavored bar. I don't know who set me up or why someone would do such a thing, but there I was with something I did not want and feeling stupid for not having looked prior to purchasing it. I wound up not eating that bar and I wasn't too happy about spending money on something I did not want.
The reason I tell you this story is because I believe this scenario happens to everyone, often in different ways. We think we are getting one thing, and we wind up with something else. Sometimes it is a good thing, I found out I prefer a Vanilla (popular coffee shop brand) Frappe over the Mocha ones, and sometimes it isn't such a good thing. Do you remember the crisis with Ebay when it first started out? People would purchase what they thought was a car for well under value, only to find out they were actually buying a picture of the car? People were livid over this and it was a genuine problem until the site required that sellers specify exactly what they were selling in an obvious manner.
It goes to remind us that it really pays to pay attention. Imagine looking for a home and finding out it isn't anywhere near what you thought. There is a very popular site that many people use that rhymes with illow, that often has mistakes. I have seen this site show a home was located in one area, when in actuality, it was really about 45 minutes east of where it said. I have seen homes that weren't really for sale on there, addresses being incorrect, prices being way off, a picture of a home that couldn't possibly be waterfront because there wasn't water any where in that part of western Maryland. It can get crazy. This is why you really need to pay attention to the information you are receiving and use a qualified Realtor to vet the listings you see. You can also use websites like this one that are required to provide accurate and up to date knowledge. This prevents you from getting your hopes up for something that doesn't exist.
Another example in Real Estate of why it pays to pay attention is that often times there are homes that have hidden issues within them that even the Homeowner knows nothing about. This is why a qualified Realtor will help you view the property to locate any potential things to keep an eye out for, as well as recommend a Home Inspection. At the end of the day, when you make a major purchase on something like your next home, you want to make sure you are truly getting what you think you are getting.
Have you ever had an instance where you purchased something only to find out it wasn't what you thought it was? Any funny stories about how you found out? Please send me your stories at Christopher@TeamCaropreso.com and I will choose the best of what I receive and post them on the next Blog. And as always, if you would like to find out more information about a home, or have questions about the process involved, I am always here to help.
Christopher has been a Licensed Real Estate Agent since 2015 and comes to Team Caropreso with 7 years experience as an Operations Technician at a local Baltimore Area Power Plant. In a short amount of....
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