8 Common Homebuying Emotions


Looking for a home can be a stressful experience, even in normal times. A house is the largest single purchase that most people make, and over the last two years, it’s been anything but normal. Prices have skyrocketed, inventory dwindled, and 10-20 offers with bidding wars have become commonplace.

What IS normal is the series of emotions buyers tend to go through from the moment they begin their home search through taking possession of their house keys. If you’re building a home, this can come with its own set of stress.

And, if you already own a home you plan to sell, you’re focusing on buying a new one while selling your existing one.

Over the past five years, the Jason Keller Group has helped buyers and sellers with their real estate transactions, and we’ve seen all the emotions that go with this – both before and after the pandemic.

If you’re just beginning the home buying process, or in the midst of it, here are some common emotions that you may experience and some tips on how to manage them.

  1. I Can’t Find Any Homes I Like – There ARE homes out there and you’ll find one that you love, just try and be patient. The home buying process can be lengthy.
  2. I Found the One! – Great news but be cautious. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done before you can call it your home.
  3. My Heart is Set on It – You’re not the only one looking for a home, and there are others who will love it too. Make sure you’re preapproved and ready to make a move because, in the current market, things are going quickly.
  4. I’m a Nervous Wreck –Don’t be. Nerves can get the best of us and cloud our judgment. Slow down and think clearly about what you want and when you want it – but don’t overanalyze. This is why having a professional homebuying specialist is so important.
  5. Can I Actually Afford This? – Going through the loan process can be stressful. This is when everything starts to become reality. Working with a trusted lender is crucial, and they can help you determine whether you can actually afford the home that you may have your heart set on. If you need a lender, let us know and we’ll connect you.
  6. How Much Money Am I Spending!? – There are a lot of expenses that come along with buying a home, and sometimes it feels like all you’re doing is writing checks. Stop and take a deep breath. This is the biggest investment for most people, and if this home is “the one,” remember that these expenses are all a part of obtaining it.
  7. Pre-Closing Jitters – This happens with almost ALL buyers. This is where you question your home choice, budget, and pretty much everything about your decision. Keep your eye on the prize. This is about to be your new home.
  8. What Did I Do? – When you work with a good Realtor®, this emotion can most often be avoided. Remind yourself why you began the process in the first place. You’ve gotten this far for a reason, and as your trusted Realtors®, we wouldn’t do something that we felt wasn’t in your best interest.

Congratulations on your new home!

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in the San Antonio area, please give us a call. We love helping home buyers and sellers on their journey, and we’ll guide you through all the steps and emotions that come along with it.