Money & Career
Using Both Logic & Emotion in the Home Buying Process
10/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

Logic and Emotion

The yin and yang of emotions and logic are present in many decisions we make. We spy a sweater in red, our favorite color, and we must buy it. That perfume has a hint of vanilla and reminds us of Grandma’s cookies, warm from the oven and before we know it, the perfume is purchased.

On the other hand, we know we must mow the grass on the weekend whether we feel like it or not because that’s when we’ve allotted time for it. We also know we should finish projects X and Y this week to stay on track at the office. We do these things to stay on schedule – emotions aren’t allowed to dictate the progress. 

"As you’re house hunting, you may know the square footage you desire, the neighborhood that suits your family, and the price you want to pay, but it can all be trumped by emotions when you walk through the door,” says Sharel Hebert, realtor with Century 21 Bessette Realty.  "Smells, colors, neighborhood sounds – they all have an influence. They may remind us of our childhood, or a beautiful home visited years ago.”

The role of emotions varies by each individual but it certainly plays a part in the decision process, and it is savvy for a potential buyer to recognize their own tendency toward one or the other.

"It’s important to feel a connection to the home you’re buying but don’t abandon all logic,” advises Hebert. "If the potential home simply isn’t practical, then the initial love for the home will quickly wear off and you’ll be left with a space that doesn’t meet your needs.”

Conversely, don’t be so consumed with numbers and interest rates that you end up buying a home you don’t love. "It’s good to have a connection with the home, to choose a place where you feel comfortable,” she says. 

A good balance of emotion and logic will serve you well as you search for the home that fits your needs best. Asking yourself how the house will function for your family, how you will use each room, and if the layout works for your needs is helpful on the emotional level. Along the logical line of thinking, does the price fit within your budget? What is the resale value of the home? Can you add improvements while staying within market value?

"We can help you maintain a proper balance of emotion and logic. If you veer off in one direction, we can bring you back to the middle ground,” Hebert says. "That’s the benefit of working with a realtor; you have someone on your side to help navigate through the process.”

By tapping into both sides of the brain, you can arrive at a home buying decision that both feels great and is in line with your budget and bottom line. It’s a win on all levels.

Century 21 Bessette Realty is located at 3025 Lake St, Lake Charles. For more information, call 337-474-2185.

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