Sunday, June 15, 2008

Keller Williams Columbia Broker Advises First Time Home Buyers

I am in the final stages of completing an series of articles that will discuss the different phases of buying homes for sale in Columbia SC . This is an attempt to educate first time home buyers about the critical steps in a successful home buying experience. Topics include:

•6. You Found a House.......How Do You Make It Your Home?

•7. The Yogi Berra Saying That Offers Advice to First Time Home Buyers

If you would like for The Patterson Files to address any other home buying topic, please feel free to email the topic to

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

You Do Know That House Hunters is a Television Show... Don't You?

For those of you that might not have accessed cable television over the last decade, House Hunters has arguably become one of the most popular shows on HGTV. The premise of this show is simple. Home buyers meet with a real estate agent and visit three homes with a commercial or two mixed through their shopping search.

By the time the cameras have returned from the last commercial, the home buyers have picked a home, made an offer, closed escrow on the purchase, moved and remodeled the home.

I’ve had people say to me……………That is so unrealistic! Do most home buyers know that House Hunters is a television show?

Yes. House Hunters is a television show!

However, it is possible to have a similar experience by taking the following steps:

1. Hire a real estate professional that can put the F.A.T. in your home buying experience.
2. With the help of your real estate professional, hire a reputable mortgage professional.
3. Spend time with your real estate professional to conduct a Home Buyer Interview.
4. Allow the real estate professional educate you about the Home Buying Process.

In my opinion, you should take these four steps BEFORE GETTING INTO THE CAR AND LOOKING AT HOMES.

These steps will save you time, frustration and $4 a gallon of wasted gasoline.