August 23, 2018 | Bob Myers
Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of “Love it or List it,” “Million Dollar Listing,” “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and so many more all in one sitting.
When  you’re in the middle of your real estate themed show marathon, you might start to think that everything you see on TV must be how it works in real life, but you may need a reality check.
 

Reality TV Show Myths vs. Real Life:

Myth #1: Buyers look at 3 homes and decide to purchase one of them.
Truth: There may be buyers who fall in love and buy the first home they see, but according to the National Association of Realtors the average homebuyer tours 10 homes as a part of their search.   

Myth #2: The houses the buyers are touring are still for sale.
Truth: Everything is staged for TV. Many of the homes being shown are already sold and are off the market. 

Myth #3: The buyers haven’t made a purchase decision yet.
Truth:  Since there is no way to show the entire buying process in a 30-minute  show, TV producers often choose buyers who are further along in the process and have already chosen a home to buy. 

Myth #4: If you list your home for sale, it will ALWAYS sell at the open house.
Truth: Of course, this would be great! Open houses are important to guarantee  the most exposure to buyers in your area but are only a PIECE of the  overall marketing of your home. Keep in mind that many homes are sold  during regular listing appointments as well. 

Myth #5: Homeowners decide to sell their homes after a 5-minute conversation.
Truth:  Similar to the buyers portrayed on the shows, many of the sellers have  already spent hours deliberating the decision to list their homes and move on with their lives/goals.
 

Bottom Line

Having an experienced professional on your side while navigating the real estate market is the best way to guarantee that you can make the home of  your dreams a reality!

Please consider The Myers Team your resource for all things real estate.  We have over 30 years of real estate experience, specializing  in the Montgomery County area.  If you are refinancing, want a recommendation, need a service provider or just have a home related question, please give me a call at 301-910-9910 or email me at bobmyersteam@gmail.com.
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