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Metabolizing Your Real Estate Buying Experience

Most of us think of metabolism as the chemical processes in our bodies that turn food into energy, new growth, and waste products. And, that is correct. But, some research indicates that there is a connection between what we think and feel and our body chemistry. Interesting.

If you have some basic knowledge of science and body chemistry, you are probably aware that your stress levels have a negative impact on your metabolic life. You also know that things like pleasure and relaxation can impact your metabolism positively.

Facing Competition in Today’s Market

So, what does all of this have to do with real estate? Well, it got me thinking about how well (or not so well), buyers in today’s market are “metabolizing” their buying experiences. If you are trying to buy a home in today’s market, you’ve likely been faced with a lot of competition. You’ve experienced frustration, fatigue, and disappointment.  Almost every buyer I have worked with in this market has lost out on at least one property. Sadly, some have lost out on several. I know. It’s hard.

Yesterday, I was showing one of my listings at 929 Ainapo Street (MLS #202120053). It gave me a great opportunity to talk to would-be buyers. What I observed was interesting. Most were seasoned buyers. They’ve been there. Done that. They’ve sharpened their pencils, but have still lost out on properties. Some were battle weary. Discouraged. Defeated.

Stay Committed & Optimistic During the Process

But, one buyer stood out from the crowd. I learned that she has written four offers. Lost four times. But, here’s the thing — she was still positive. Upbeat. Energetic. Her commitment to the process was apparent. She was clearly someone who believed in staying in the game and persevering. She was also someone I’d say was “metabolizing” her real estate experience well.

If metabolism is truly the sum of all the chemical reactions in our bodies, including the sum of our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and experiences, then I recommend we all take notice of how we metabolize our experiences. In particular, the home buying experience. Yes, it is challenging. But, don’t most worthwhile things come with some challenges?  If the end goal is to buy a property, isn’t the short-term process, no matter how difficult, worth the long-term goal?   Instead of metabolizing the angst, why not metabolize the dream? The dream of homeownership.

Focus on the Goal

One of the things I know to be true — what we focus on expands. So, if you are looking for a home, focus on the dream. The end goal. Don’t allow the losses to derail you. Keep looking. Persevere and stay the course. And, while you are at it, keep a positive outlook. If you do, you’ll metabolize your real estate home buying experience in a healthy way. You’ll have more personal power. More metabolic power. You’ll be infused with energy and vitality, which will be just what you need when it’s time to unpack your belongings in your new home.

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