Diana's Neighborhood

Real Estate in New York & Connecticut – Won't you be my neighbor?

Homes – One Viewing at a Time

As I view homes with clients throughout New York and Connecticut, I sometimes have to remind my buyers to view and stay focused – One Viewing at a Time.

homes-gaetan-lee                                                                   Gaetan LeeFlickr.com

Many times, while house hunting, buyers can’t help but mix homes together.  A couple may be out viewing together – one will turn to the other saying the driveway isn’t as steep as the first home they saw earlier that day.  Then, I witness the others face – the deer in headlights look – nothing is registering – a bit of memory loss has just happened!  It sometimes gets so bad, I become referee – and since I have no emotional ties in the purchase, it is easy for me to view homes and retain information – and I’m always glad to help.

notebook-silenceofnight                                                            SilenceofnightFlickr.com

To save yourselves some stress and aggravation, take notes – “Side yard has beautiful trees – but VERY close to the house, needs trimming – nice flat back yard, enough for swing set and a garden – front steps look in need of repair, look into cost,…”  and of course, continue inside the home including the garage, attic and basement – “musty smell in basement, awesome master bedroom, can stand up in attic but it is not a walk up,…”

attic-squirrel-cottage                                                                  Squirrel Cottage – Flickr.com

Some may think that by having to concentrate on writing notes, they may be missing out on viewing the home.  Actually, having to jot down notes makes you look up, down and all around!

ceiling-the-gut                                                                               The Gut – Flickr.com

March 14, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Home, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

While House Hunting, Stop & Smell the Flowers

With Homes For Sale’s inventory being high and interest rates lowWHAT A PERFECT TIME TO BUY!  With so many homes currently on the market, you can start in the morning and end in the evening, viewing home after home in different neighborhoods – towns and states!


If your out viewing homes, please make time to take in as much as you can.  Take notes on EVERYTHING, including the pluses AND minuses of each home.  With the  sellers permission, you may also be able to take your own photos or video.  Since many homes have little or no interior pics, I have taken my own footage to send to my clients via e-mail so they could share desired homes with family members and friends. 


With homes that my buyers are considering to purchase, these photos will help them with ideas of where to place furniture, color schemes and even help answer questions like, “How many window were there in the master bedroom?”.  Couples often argue over whether or not there was a fireplace in the living room!    

Also,  with now being Spring, maybe take the time to smell the flowers along the way! 









May 7, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Spring, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment