There really is no right or wrong amount of homes to view, it truly depends on the buyers' individual needs and willingness to make changes after they become the owners. On average, in my experience, it takes 10-15 home showings for a buyer to be confident in their decision. Often times, that means going back to the top two to look at the details again, or perhaps bring a friend or family member for a second opinion. But in my four years of selling real estate, I have had some clients who really need to see all that is out there (in every surrounding town and then just a little further) before they can decide what is best for them. I would never recommend this to buyers, as the homes can all jumble together and make the actual decision making seem overwhelming. We'll get you there, eventually, but you could look back and realize house number 10 would have been better than house number 56 which you end up settling on.
My suggestion is to make a list of needs and wants and then compare it with the list of anyone who is also purchasing the home with you. And SAVE it. A few weeks down the line, you'll need to remind yourself exactly what was most important to you both. And if you can't come up with a list of needs vs. wants, then you're not ready. Buyers who aren't specific enough always end up on a long neverending search. So, if this is you, continue "window shopping" online and when you've narrowed down what your true desires are, reach out to a realtor to view homes in person.
I write this blog today because a long-term search client of ours, who finally found the home after I stopped counting, recently presented Corey and I with the amazing award pictured above (it is award season, right?). I'd like to thank the Academy... umm I mean the Realtor Association and the Maine Real Estate Network, my Mom and Dad, my wonderful partner-in-crime Corey Scott, and of course, since they'd be mad if I forgot them, I also need to say "Hi" to Red and Lucky!