"Surrender!" my younger son yelled, jumping from behind a doorway and aiming his automatic Nerf gun squarely at my chest while spongy orange foam darts rapidly filled the air. Avoiding his aim, I dove behind the couch, grabbed a second rifle and began to shoot back.
"Never!" I shouted, doing my utmost best to keep up with the obsessed tenacity and the energy of a 12-year old boy in battle. (I imagine this is a very different experience than the one my twin sister shares with her two girls.)
We spent the next 20 minutes running from room to room, shooting, reloading, and stealing each other's ammunition until exhausted and laughing, we called a momentary truce. When the Nerf war was finally over, most of the darts had landed helter skelter throughout the house but a few were velcroed squarely in my hair and in my back.
Victory! Tristan's well-executed attack had hit the mark.
Helping today's Buyers find the right home is a lot like my son's Nerf battle. Most of the darts are going to land helter skelter, but with well-placed aim, strong motivation, good preparation and a well-executed attack, you're eventually going to "hit the mark"- especially as winter gives way to spring and more and more buying opportunities emerge.
As they do, you will want to have a good plan in place (avoid the surprise approach my son often relies upon). Start by understanding the market, the price point you can afford, what you need and desire in a home and where you want to live. Once you have real clarity, the target becomes much more focused and your darts will begin to land.
With a savvy Realtor, an effective mortgage broker and a reliable escrow team in place, victory should be close at hand!
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Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 15 years and has published more than 500 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.