What Your Intuition Can Tell You About an Apartment that a Real Estate Agent Can’t
August 31, 2015
Of course. The price is great. Of course. It’s only five minutes from the express train. The size of the bedrooms? Amazing. The views from the terrace? Fantastic. It meets everything on your list. Absolutely. Everything. On. Your. List. But when the time comes to decide between putting in an offer or continuing your search, if everything inside of you gently whispers, “You can’t stay here. You can’t live here. This isn’t the right place for you,” then you have to keep looking.
Listen to that voice. And if you can’t hear that voice, lean in a bit more closely, because it’s there, it’s within all of us. As in all of life, the intuition serves as an incredibly powerful tool for guiding you toward the home that’s the best fit for you. Don’t be deceived by the sweeping panoramic views. If the marble counter-tops, stainless-steel appliances, and built-in espresso machine wow you, then great! Allow yourself to be wowed, amazed, delighted, dazzled and thoroughly-impressed as you enjoy the process of searching for a home. However, know that overtime wow-factor fades, amazement declines, delight wanes, and dazzlement expires.
But what stays? What lingers? What remains? Comfort. Calm. Peace. Tranquility. And fortunately, your intuition is a Jedi-master when it comes to picking up on these feelings. While an apartment that gives you a sudden and sprawling burst of interests and emotion can be nice, such response is rarely a strong indicator of a good fit for a place to call home. Trust your intuition. It will be a subtle and calm nudge rather than a griping and exciting shove. Rather than rushing, ripping, and crashing into you like a wave, it will wash over you calmly like a waterfall, and stay for a while.
Sometimes the best way to get a read on a place is to go for a second visit. If you weren’t sure what, exactly, your intuition was telling you about the apartment on the first visit, then going back a second time can allow you to listen in again. Of course, your real estate agent will be there to show you around the place, to guide you, to answer your questions and tell you about the neighborhood. And if you enjoy working with your agent, his or her input can be valuable for helping you make a decision. However, there’s nothing that your agent can tell you that your intuition
won’t already know. Listen in. Enjoy the process. And always, whenever you can, trust your intuition.