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For Valentines: How Home Shopping Can Feel Like Dating

Are your home shoppers desperately trying to find “the one?” Finding the perfect housing match can be like finding the perfect mate. For some Americans, this year’s Valentine may come in the form of a home, filled with shiny new fixtures and a great first impression. But that search isn’t always easy.

In a recent article, realtor.com® highlights how home-shopping can feel a lot like dating.

1. You need to have trust.

Americans seem to think they have a better chance at finding love than finding the perfect home. Fifty-two percent of home buyers believe they will find their dream home compared to 73 percent of Americans who believe they will find true love. While competition in the housing market is intense right now, home buyers shouldn’t get disheartened.

Read more: Discover How Men & Women Fall In Love With Homes Differently


2. Don’t take the first one you find.

Home buyers look at a median of 10 homes before making a purchase. In the search for love, a man will date, on average, six other people before choosing “the one," while a woman typically dates five. Home buyers shouldn’t be discouraged if the first few homes don’t feel right to them. Sometimes it takes a few before finding the perfect match.

3. Try finding an online connection first.

Ninety-two percent of home buyers say they use the Internet during their housing search while 38 percent of single-Americans say they have used online or mobile dating services to find love. Does that make realtor.com® your Matchmaker.com? The majority of Americans surveyed about dating sites and mobile apps say that they find a better romantic match because of the wide range of potential partners they can access. Sounds like a good lesson for real estate too!


4. First impressions do matter.

Seventy-seven percent of home buyers say they’ll know immediately when they’ve found their ideal home; 52 percent of Americans believe in love at first sight when dating. Trust your hunch.

5. Regrets happen.

Eighty percent of home buyers have at least one major regret about their new home purchase; 72 percent of married women admit they’ve considered leaving their husbands at some point. Home owners typically had buyer's remorse when buying a home that was too small or didn't have enough storage space, choosing a home near unpleasant neighbors, and purchasing in a bad school district. At least with real estate, your always a for-sale sign away from moving on.

“The reality, of course, is that neither homes nor relationships are ever truly perfect,” realtor.com®’s article notes. “But if you really work at understanding what you want and what you need, and taking the time to assess a variety of options, you’re likely to find a pretty good fit. Maybe even one that will improve with time.”


Bonus Section: The Best and Worst Reasons to Love a Real Estate Practitioner

Best…

  1. They understand why you took that 3 a.m. call from a client.
  2. They know why a five-piece suit has five pieces.
  3. They corrected the misspelling of your company name before the ad made it to the bus bench next to your son’s school.
  4. They can stage the house before your in-laws arrive.
  5. They make a mean appetizer tray.


Worst…

  1. They take calls at 3 a.m.
  2. They refuse to let you wear flip-flops and shorts in case someone you know sees you at Starbucks.
  3. They misspelled your company name and signed off on the ad on the bus bench next to your son’s school.
  4. They can’t enter a room without moving a floral display or leave without smoothing out a rug.
  5. They ate the seven-layer dip before the event started.

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