We’ve decided to take the plunge into the real estate market. There’s nothing like meeting with a realtor to induce both fear and excitement. Over the past week we have basically started from close-to-zero knowledge about real estate to having a sense of what’s out there, what we can technically afford, and what that could look like. There are so many websites to navigate, so much information to process, that I get overwhelmed sometimes. My cognitive resources eventually get used up — in short, I get depleted. Fortunately, I can recognize when I’m feeling depleted and take a break before I, say, start an argument over some minutia. I wonder under what conditions it would take more self-control resources to keep looking at real estate websites and numbers, versus making the choice to stop?
Next step: Pre-approval.