Here’s my list of the seven habits of highly effective homebuyers.

What are the seven habits of highly effective homebuyers? My favorite book is “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey, so we wanted to take that format and apply it to your home-buying process. Let’s get into it:

1. Get pre-qualified. It will give you financial peace of mind and make sure you’re armed and dangerous when you make an offer.

2. Define your must-haves, like-to-haves, and don’t-wants. Be clear, write them down, and share the list with your Realtor.

3. Be realistic. If it’s a low-inventory market, you can’t make lowball offers. If it’s a high inventory market, you might have more leverage. Ask your agent to educate you so you can make the best offer for the market.

“Make sure you have fun with the process.”

4. Be open and flexible. Even if you follow No. 2, you won’t get everything you want. You will need to make sacrifices

5. Understand the process. Ask your agent to walk you through everything. We have something called the Home-Purchase Pathway that we’d be happy to share with you whether you’re working with us or not.

6. Be responsible. Don’t make any huge purchases while you’re buying a home. It can delay your home purchase. 

7. Have fun with it. Make sure you like and trust your agent, and have a good time! 

If you have any questions about these habits or anything else, call us at (717) 216-0860 or email us at We’d love to hear from you; no question is too silly.