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Woulda Shoulda Coulda: Real Estate Regrets to Avoid
Jed Kolko / Trulia / April 17, 2013
Trulia’s latest consumer survey revealed that 52% of people regret something about their current home or the process of choosing it. This season, under the pressure of tight inventory, buyers and renters have to try hard not to make the same mistakes
Spring house-hunting season is upon us. Home searches peak in March and April, and this year the search is especially frantic as inventory is near a 12-year low. Many homes don’t stay on the market for long, so buyers will have to move fast – especially in markets with bidding wars and competing investor activity. But when it comes to searching for a home, as with everything else, moving too fast leads to mistakes and regrets. To find out which regrets are most common – and who is most prone to making decisions they’ll later regret — we asked more than 2,000 consumers what, if anything, they regret about their current home and most recent home-search process.
Buyers in a Rush; Sellers, Not So Much
The biggest challenge for home buyers this season is the lack of inventory, which is down 20-25% year-over-year and near its lowest level since before the housing bubble. Our consumer survey shows that people think now is the time to buy, not sell: 75% of respondents agreed with the statement “it would be better to buy a home now than one year from now,” but only 32% of respondents (and just 29% of current homeowners) felt the same way about selling now rather than one year from now.