Buying a Home July 18, 2022

5 Steps to Avoid Media Overload

When people think about buying or selling a home, they want to be well-informed. They scour the internet for any information about the housing market and want to make the right decision for themselves and their family.

However, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with so much information available.

A recognized speaker, Jeff Davidson, states:

“The pace at which new information arrives will accelerate every day…Too often, the reflex to take action only exacerbates your time-pressure problems. Do not bite off more than you can chew, and acknowledge that often, the wisest response to too much competition for your time and attention is to simply slow down to assess the best way to proceed.”

Here are five steps you can take to avoid becoming overwhelmed by media overload:

  1. Unplug from the news. It’s easy to get caught up in following the latest real estate news and market trends. However, this can lead to anxiety and stress. Take a break if you find yourself getting bogged down by the constant stream of news. Turn off your phone, and step away from the computer. Allow yourself some time to relax and rejuvenate.
  2. Create a media diet. Like you watch what you eat, it’s essential to be mindful of what you consume online. Be selective about the sources you rely on for information. Stick to reputable sources that offer accurate and up-to-date information.
  3. Set limits. Once you’ve created a media diet, set limits on how much time you spend consuming real estate content. Whether it’s 30 minutes or two hours a day, be strict about sticking to your limit. This will help ensure you don’t become overwhelmed by the constant inundation of information.
  4. Slow down to assess. Slowing down when feeling overwhelmed will allow you time to evaluate the situation and determine the best way to proceed. As Jeff Davidson suggests, “the wisest response to too much competition for your time and attention is to simply slow down to assess the best way to proceed.”
  5. Talk to an expert. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, talk to a real estate professional. They can provide guidance and support throughout the process. A real estate advisor can also offer insights into the market and help you navigate the sea of information.

Don’t let the plethora of seemingly conflicting information on the housing market stop you from moving forward with your life. Stay informed without sacrificing your mental health in the process. Let’s get together to ensure you get the valuable counsel you need to make the right decision for you and your family.

Gerry became a licensed Realtor in 1988 and Broker in 1994. As a Licensed Real Estate Professional for over 30 years, Gerry has worked with Sellers and Buyers alike to realize their dreams.