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I'm trying to help a friend find a very specific style of house, how to help a picky homebuyer?

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November 19 2013 - Yakima
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I don't help them, but we might have a preliminary discussion of things our parents usually taught (most of) us about "wants vs needs".    The next week we may have a discussion that there is nothing wrong with renting for many decades.
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November 20 2013
I don't help them.

Outliers are difficult to satisfy. Even if they're friends. Sometimes, you just have to say, "I can't help you, given the current state of the market and the inventory."

All the best,
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November 20 2013

If it's a very certain style of house than it's probably easiest to just sign up to be emailed all of the new  listings in her price range in the towns she's interested in and let her sift through them online.  It may be a long wait depending on how out of the ordinary what she's hoping to find is in the market.  If she's really emphatic about *only* wanting that very specific type of property it's better not to fruitlessly visit property after property that won't work.

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November 20 2013
Have your friend watch a few episodes of "House Hunters" on HGTV. A few episodes is all it takes to realize that there is rarely the perfect home in one's price range. There are always compromises that people must make.

Hope your friend finds a great house!
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November 19 2013
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If your friend is looking for a very specific style, then all they need to do is select a solid agent who can email them listings fitting only that criteria.

Choosing a house is like choosing a spouse. You have must have items like bedrooms or school. Some like to have items like extra office or original woodwork. And some items that might be non starters like Chinese drywall or a hoarding neighbor.

If style is the most important, state that upfront and tell whatever agent your friend hires that is a non negotiable item. In my area, I was unwilling to accept the "perfect house" without the top high school while many of the other items on my list were wanted, but negotiable.
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November 19 2013
Of course calling a Realtor is best.  Make a list of Wants and a list of Needs.  These are two different lists.  You and your friend might visit some open houses with the Needs items and some of the Wants items.  This way you will get an idea of what those Wants are going to cost.  Your friend can also figure out the cost of adding the wants a little at a time after buying a house with all of the needs.  Once again, it is easier and less stressful to interview some Realtors and get one to help you.
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November 19 2013
Have the friend make a list of the top 4 things that are most important to them and have them contact a Realtor. 
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November 19 2013
Have your friend call a Realtor. 
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