Whether it’s a hot sellers’ market or not, you’re probably not the only one to find your dream home when it hits the market. If you like it and see the value, someone else most likely does too.
No matter how fast you are, or how great your offer is, there’s always a chance another buyer (or more) is going to make an offer. Great for the seller and buyer they choose. Not so great for you if you’re not that buyer…
So, just in case, how are you supposed to deal with the disappointment and jealousy of knowing that someone else is occupying your dream home, enjoying its quirks and delights, while you sit and stew?
Here are some tips that’ll help you on your way to recovery:
1. Remember that the new owners won’t decorate it the way you want to
They’ll probably wallpaper the living room and totally ruin it…dummies.
2. Appreciate the fact that it gives you more time to save money for the home you do buy
Every cloud has a silver lining, and the thousands of dollars you’ll be able to save in the meantime can go a long way.
3. Vent to a trusted friend who you know will bad-mouth the house
There’s always the one friend who’ll know exactly what to do: convince you that it was overpriced, ugly, and not the right house for you.
4. Make a voodoo doll
It probably won’t work, but it might…make you feel better.
5. Steal their look
Decorate your house to make it look like the dream home.
6. Photoshop a bunch of blemishes onto a picture of the home
Add a dumpster to the front lawn, a nuclear power plant in the backyard, and a giant tarantula on the roof.
7. Look at a photo of the house for hours every single day until you get tired of seeing it
There’s no faster way to get over something than to overdo it. That goes for your favorite movie, favorite meal, and even your favorite house.
8. Befriend the buyer who beat you out
Things are never as good in reality as they are on the outside looking in. Get to know the new owners and you’ll realize their lives aren’t all that great, even with their new home.
9. Be grateful for having a home that puts a roof over your head
At the end of the day, gratitude can always make us feel better, so forget about the one you didn’t get, and learn to love the one you have.