Tina McManus | Beverly Real Estate, Salem Real Estate, Hamilton Real Estate, Danvers Real Estate


Buying a house is never a simple decision. Aside from all of the financial aspects of purchasing a home, there are numerous life-related considerations you’ll need to think about. So, it comes as little surprise that diving head on into the house hunting process can be stressful and taxing to the home buyer.

With all of the different numbers to keep track of--a down payment, closing costs, credit scores, interest rates, and so on--it’s easy to get lost in the finer details of your budget. This can lead to even more stress as you try to navigate your way through getting approved for a mortgage and shopping for the perfect home.

In this article, we’re going to give you some tips on how to maintain your budget and reduce stress throughout the home buying process. That way, when you do finally find the house you’ve been waiting for, you’ll be able to move forward confidently.

Trust the process

Many first-time home buyers enter the real estate market with little knowledge or experience of how things work. Any newcomer to such a huge and complex industry is bound to be flustered with all of the different options available to them.

However, much of the home buying process is relatively standardized. Real estate agents all make roughly the same commission, lenders use similar algorithms to decide how much of a loan you’ll be approved for, and real estate contracts contain legal safeguards and contingencies to ensure that you and the seller’s interests are protected.

When shopping for a mortgage or getting pre-approved, it’s a good idea to ask friends, family, or read reviews online to find someone you know you can trust. From there, rely on the experts to lead you through the process.

Have a long-term plan

Much of the stress and anxiety around buying a home comes from the uncertainty of the future. Sitting down with your family and significant other and deciding your long-term goals for homeownership is a good way to build confidence and know that you’re making the right choice.

Determining things like location, the number of years you want to live in a home, and what priorities are the most important (school districts, neighborhood safety, etc.) will help you make that plan a reality.

Use the tools at your disposal

If you’re reading this article, you already have started to take advantage of one of the most important resources you have, the internet. Look up real estate terminology you’re unfamiliar with, read up on the different types of mortgages, and take advantage of free online calculators to create what-if scenarios to find out what you might end up paying in closing costs and interests.

It’s also a good idea to check your credit score for free online. You can check your official reports once per year, but for simple credit checks you can look it up each month for free.

Knowing that you’re in good hands with a lender and agent, that you have a basic understanding of industry terms, that you have a long-term plan, and that your finances are in order will all help set your mind at ease and give you confidence as you move forward toward homeownership.


Living a stress free life is the best way to get a good night of sleep. Designing your bedroom for optimum comfort and relaxation is another way to improve your sleep quality. What you may not realize is the positive role that certain plants could play in helping you to sleep better. Plants as Sleep Aids
  • Aloe Vera - Releases oxygen into the atmosphere. Not only can Aloe Vera help you to sleep better, it also helps to keep your skin healthy. People have put Aloe Vera on wounds to hasten the healing process.
  • Cactus – Variety is a plus when it comes to cactus. These plants are good energy balancers. Place them in or near windows. A cactus can also thrive if placed on a dresser that’s several feet away from a window. Few plants are as easy to care for as a cactus. Because some cactus grow big, the most you may have to do with this plant, in addition to watering it, is to re-pot it.
  • Gardenia – This plant has a reputation for being a sleep aid. Just make sure that you understand how to care for your Gardenia before you bring it home as these plants tend to require more than a once a week watering.
  • Bamboo – Some people consider bamboo to be a “good luck” plant. Bamboo is great for improving the overall air quality in your bedroom.
  • Jasmine – When budded, jasmine explode with beautiful white flowers. In addition to helping you sleep, Jasmine emits a pleasant fragrance. This plant grows indoors or outdoors.
  • Lavender – Part of the mint family, lavender has a relaxing scent. Lavender has also been said to help reduce anxiety.
Oxygen is a sleep aid as well as a stress reducer. After you put one or more plants in your bedroom, consider opening your windows during the day while you’re at home, especially if your bedroom is on the second or third floor. Close and lock windows before you leave your house or work in the basement or attic to keep burglars from seeing your home as an easy target. Also, make sure that the air quality in your home is good. This could call for a humidifier, especially if you or a family member has allergies. Keep carpets, floors and furniture clean to reduce allergens as well. Good air quality can help plants to grow and thrive. So too can giving your plants attention. Place plants in decorative pots to add more design and style to your bedroom. Keep plants out of the reach of young children and animals. Place plants that have thorns or prickly ends on them on tall dressers or top bedroom shelving. Read and follow the directions associated with plants that you buy for your bedroom, so you know how to care for the plants.



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