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The 85% Rule: Your Key to Overcoming Analysis Paralysis in Home Buying

By Will Sing, May 17, 2024

Hey future homeowners!

Ever find yourself stuck in a loop, analyzing every little detail while hunting for your dream home? Well, I’ve got a golden rule to share with you that might just be your game-changer: The 85% Rule. Let’s dive into it!

What is the 85% Rule?

In the home-buying journey, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlpool of options and details, leading to what we call ‘analysis paralysis’. This is where the 85% rule comes into play. It’s a simple yet fantastic rule to guide you in making decisive actions.

How Does it Work?

The rule is pretty straightforward. When you’re looking at potential homes, aim for one that meets about 85% of your criteria. Yes, it doesn’t have to tick every single box on your list.

Why 85% and Not 100%?

Here’s the thing, finding a home that has 100% of what you’re looking for is like finding a unicorn ā€“ it’s a beautiful thought but nearly impossible. Even those who have had their homes custom-built find themselves wishing for changes five or ten years down the line.

Embrace the Imperfections

Remember, it’s absolutely okay for a home not to be perfect. What matters is that it’s perfect for you at this moment in your life. The small imperfections? They are opportunities for you to add your personal touch down the line.


So, the next time you find yourself stuck in the home-buying process, remember the 85% rule. It’s not about settling for less; it’s about embracing a home that meets most of your needs and holds the potential for you to make it truly yours over time.

Reach out to talk further now!

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Will Sing



I'm William, a Portland native and real estate agent passionate about empowering clients through education and personalized guidance. Discover how I can help you achieve your real estate goals today! With a background in construction and extensive experience in investment properties and property management, I help clients make informed decisions that align with their financial and lifestyle goals. Iā€™m committed to reliability, building lasting relationships, and delivering insightful guidance that empowers clients. When not navigating the complexities of real estate, I enjoy listening to audiobooks, swimming, and spending quality time with my wife and our two German Shepherds. To discover how I can help you achieve your real estate goals, If you're looking for more in-depth assistance, you can schedule a free strategy session with me here. Feel free to connect with me on YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook. Also, check out my Free Buyer's Guide to navigate the home buying process with confidence.
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