Problems You Can Prevent When Buying a Home

by John Torres 08/11/2019

The last thing you want to experience after purchasing a new home is "buyer's remorse!" With that in mind, it pays to look at all angles when house shopping. Although emotions and first impressions are going to play a big role in your home-buying decisions, a thoughtful analysis of the pros and cons of every home that appeals to you will help ensure you're making the best decision for you and your family.

While your real estate agent will help you find houses for sale that have the necessary number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and square footage, you'll need to make sure they're fully aware of your "wish list," your desired lifestyle, and your personal preferences. Here a few examples:

Commuting distance: Unless you've found your dream home that's absolutely perfect in every way (if such a thing exists), a long commute to work, every day, could dampen your enthusiasm about an otherwise great house. Since everyone has a difference tolerance for long commutes, there's no hard-and-fast rule for that facet of home buying. Having a comfortable vehicle, listening to books on tape, or streaming your favorite music or radio programs can help make a long commute more acceptable -- even enjoyable. If you take a train to work, every day, you also have the option of catching up on your reading, preparing for meetings, or even meditating. So while a long commute does not have to be a "deal breaker," it is an important factor worth pondering.

Privacy level: This is another aspect of home ownership that's based on personal preferences. However, if you realize -- after the fact -- that you don't have enough privacy from neighbors or passersby, then you might end up feeling less-than-satisfied with your new home. Fortunately, you can compensate for lack of privacy by installing fences or planting privacy hedges, but the best laid plans are generally formulated before you make a purchase offer. If you consider privacy to be a high priority, always take notice of a house's distance from neighbors and streets.

Leaky basements: Although there are solutions for wet basements, there's a lot of expense and inconvenience associated with having to implement them. Excessive moisture can not only damage stored furniture, books, and other belongings, but it's also a fertile breeding ground for mold and mildew. A qualified home inspector will generally point out issues like that, but it's much better to notice them before you get to that advanced stage in the home-buying process.

An experienced real estate agent who represents your interests can provide valuable guidance and help you notice potential "red flags" that could adversely affect your future enjoyment of a home. A buyers' agent can offer you the expertise, professional insights, and objective point of view you might not otherwise have.

About the Author
Author

John Torres

John Torres began his career in real estate with the CENTURY 21 Les Ryan’s Healdsburg Realtors office in 1986.  John rapidly became a Multi-Million Dollar producer in both listings and sales of Sonoma County properties.  He is a member of the North County Council of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and California Association of Realtors.  John has served on the Land Use Advisory Panel for Sonoma County.  John served as the Northern California Century 21 representative to the Easter Seals Society for 13 years.

The North County Council of Realtors® selected Mr. Torres “Realtor of the Year” in both 1988 and 1992.  In 1993, John became a partner in the CENTURY 21 Les Ryan’s Healdsburg Realtors office and managed the office from 2001 – 2011. The office became a part of CENTURY 21 NorthBay Alliance in March 2011.  CENTURY 21 has been a member of the Healdsburg Area Chamber of Commerce since 1977 and of the Geyserville Chamber of Commerce since 2004.

As a Centurion Producer since 1998, and a Double Centurion in 2004, John has demonstrated his ability to consistently provide quality service to his clients who are both sellers and buyers of real estate.  In recognition of his achievements, John was inducted into the Century 21 Centurion Honor Society at the International Convention in 2007 and again in 2017.  Many of John’s clients return to him over the years and he has a large referral clientele.

John actively supports his community in many ways.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Healdsburg Boys & Girls Club, Board of Directors of the Healdsburg High School Boosters Club, and the Healdsburg Pop Warner Football organization.  He chaired the Easter Seal Golf Tournament in Healdsburg for 12 years, and originated and chaired for 6 years a fundraising golf tournament for the Healdsburg High School Boosters.  John also organized and chaired the North County Council of Realtors Golf Tournament benefiting the Healdsburg Food Pantry for six years.  He coached Pop Warner Football teams for 10 years, was the Healdsburg High School Freshman Football Coach for 5 years and was the Varsity Golf Coach at Healdsburg High School for 10 years.  John now serves his community as a member of Rotary Club of Healdsburg and is active in his church and the local Italian Catholic Federation.

John Torres is a professional with 30+ years of experience who is dedicated to providing his clients with the best service possible.