8 Luxury Home Buying Tips you Need to Know (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted by Ryan Fitzgerald on Thursday, March 25th, 2021 at 2:37pm.

Luxury Home Buying Tips Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina

Whether you're shopping for a mansion overlooking the green on the 16th hole, waterfront home with breathtaking views, or a penthouse loft in the heart of downtown, the luxury home buying process is one you'll want to be sure to do your homework on. As a buyer shopping for high-end real estate, there are certain tips and strategies that are both similar and different to your typical home buying process. This article will give you eight tips that will help you purchase a magnificent estate at a great price, avoiding common mistakes buyers make along the way.

In this article you will learn:

  • How to buy a luxury home
  • Tips to help with the luxury buying process
  • Common mistakes buyers make
  • How high-end real estate purchases are different
  • Ways to avoid buyer's remorse
  • What to expect once your offer is accepted
  • How to find the perfect luxury home for sale

8 Great Luxury Home Buying Tips to Know!

Luxury Home Buying Tips and Tricks - Things to Consider when buying Luxury and expensive real estate

Buying a luxury home is both similar  

Understand the Real Estate Buying Process 

Raleigh-Cary, NC Luxury Home Buying Process

If you're buying a mega-home it's certain to come with a high price, and all the amenities one would expect to find in an expensive home. By understanding the buying process you'll gain a better understanding of what to expect throughout the process as well as certain techniques that will help you find the perfect home. Keep in mind that when you're shopping for a luxury home that the pool of buyers you're competing against is a lot smaller which should help lead you to a great home if you can be patient.

Educating yourself before jumping into the home buying process will save you a lot of time, money, and unnecessary headaches. It will also help you find an excellent house vs. making a hasty decision and later feeling a case of buyer's remorse.

You'll want to ensure you have a clear understanding of what you're looking for in a top-end home. Discussing your priorities with your significant other will be important as you look for top-of-the-line locations and amenities for your new house. One of the most important things you can do before you begin searching is figuring out the things you want in a luxury home. Do you prefer buying new construction or an existing home?

Your Realtor® can help set the upfront expectation that having a plan before looking at all the luxury homes for sale will help you execute at a higher level when it comes time to purchase. They can also help you find great neighborhoods!


Knowing what neighborhoods you want to purchase a house in will be a part of the plan your Realtor® will help you put together. Location is the most important factor when searching for a home, and certainly an important one when you plan to spend a large amount of money on it. What type of amenities are you looking for in your location? Whether you shopping for large properties on the golf course, waterfront, or in the heart of downtown, you'll want to have an excellent understanding of area trends and future plans. There are certain neighborhood factors you'll want to consider before purchasing your house.

If you're buying an excellent waterfront property you don't want to buy the home on the beach only to learn that they are building another house that will end up blocking your view. This is something you need to be careful of when searching for luxury homes because your resale opportunity would be hurt. You want to play far more defense than offense when looking at luxury homes for sale, and what I mean by defense, is protecting your investment.

Here in Raleigh, North Carolina when we work with affluent buyers searching luxury homes for sale we first find great neighborhoods. Neighborhoods in Cary, Apex, and Holly Springs offer great top-of-the-line real estate options. In Raleigh, you'll find great penthouse condos in the heart of downtown, historic mansions in the Glenwood area and Oakwood district of downtown Raleigh, as well as incredible country club homes.

By understanding the local trends in the neighborhood, the future plans for that location, and the type of local amenities you're searching for, you will have a much better understanding of what location is best for your luxury home.

What type of amenities included with Luxury Real Estatae

It's common for mansions to include top of the line amenities such as:

  • Incredible location
  • Breathtaking views
  • Movie Theaters/Entertainment rooms
  • Home Gym
  • Land and privacy
  • Great entertaining features 
  • Top of the line safety and security
  • 'Intelligent' home appliances
  • The best quality homes
  • Great backyards

Knowing your priorities in a luxury home will help you find an estate you will love! There is often different interests for luxury buyers that lead to different sets of priorities. If I was buying luxury real estate here in Raleigh I would want a great home gym, a basketball court, and an awesome backyard with a great patio and pool. Maybe someone else wants a movie theatre, a wine cellar, and heated floors. What would you want in yours? Surely there will be differences.

There are some amenities buyers will splurge on. This is why it's important to have a clear list of amenities that are priorities for you and whoever you're living with. By understanding exactly what you're looking for in terms of amenities and what you'd be willing to give up will make the process a lot easier. You also won't be confused when it comes time to pull the trigger. You want to be 100% confident when you find the perfect place and find one that matches your top priorities.

If you don't know what your favorite amenities are or don't have a good understanding of what your significant other likes it will lead to confusion. Confusion leads to a higher chance of poor decision making. So do emotions. When buying luxury real estate make sure you have a clear understanding of what you're looking for. Try your best to keep your emotions at bay as you don't want them to cloud your decision-making process.

This is the same in real estate. Confusion leads to cloudy decision-making. By knowing the amenities you want in a home and having a proper plan ahead of time you will avoid this confusion. In my market here in Raleigh, there are plenty of nice homes at affordable prices. A lot of people moving down from the north see these prices and don't realize they're buying high-end real estate. 

Raleigh Luxury Real Estate Know What you can Afford

Knowing what you qualify for is a big part of buying a luxury home. Don't assume that you qualify for a multimillion-dollar estate because a high percentage of people don't. In line with a tip we discuss later on is to be frugal as well. Are you going to put down 20% on your home when there are so many other types of loans available to you? Find out what you're comfortable with in terms of financing and stick to it.

Your mortgage lender will go over with you the best options for financing your luxury home. Doing your homework on lenders and shopping around for the best deals makes a lot of sense especially when a fraction of a point will equal tens of thousands of dollars over the course of a mortgage loan.


Hire a Top Luxury Realtor®

Best Luxury Raleigh-Cary, NC Realtor

When you're ready to begin your search for a luxury home you'll want to find a Realtor® who has experience with high-priced real estate and a good understanding of the neighborhood you're interested in specifically. Hiring a strong Realtor® will help you immensely. They will provide you with the most recent trends and help you through the entire luxury home buying process. They can help you find problems with the house you may not have otherwise discovered and since they are seeing homes all the time they will have a great understanding of what a good deal looks like.

A great Realtor® will ensure you stay within your budget and execute according to the plan you developed. Should you start looking outside your budget into a higher price range you want the type of Real Estate Agent who will bring you back to your initial goals. Working with Real Estate Agents is something you want to do when buying expensive real estate.

Patience is a Virtue When Buying Real Estate


When you're buying a high-end estate it's important you exercise patience. You don't want to make a hasty decision especially when there is a large financial obligation on your part. You want to make sure you've done your homework, executed the plan you developed, and that you find the perfect spot. Don't be afraid to miss one or two good ones because that will only allow you to understand exactly what is selling and what isn't. It also gives you the opportunity to learn what you truly want.

A lot of times buyers can get caught up with wanting the property that someone else bought before they did and dwell on it. Don't do this. Learn from it. What is it about that home you liked? Is it possible you can find a better one? 

We were working with a client earlier this year who was searching for luxury homes in Holly Springs. She found the home she was looking for and we scheduled a time later in the day to go see it. An hour later the home was under contract before we could go to see it. We continued with our scheduled appointment to see the high-end estate and my client picked out everything she liked and didn't like. After trying several more times my client began to lose hope that she wouldn't find another one like the one she didn't have the opportunity to buy. Until a couple of months later when together we found exactly what she was looking for, even better than the one she had previously seen!

Look for Strong Resale Value 

Raleigh Luxury Real Estate Financing Options buyer beware

When you're shopping for luxury real estate you'll want to be sure what you buy has a strong resale value. This goes with any home you purchase not just luxury real estate. You want to ensure that what you pay for the home is something you can easily recover should you have the need to sell the home. Location and condition are two factors that help determine what will make for strong value. Buying a home in a great location is key to ensuring your home keeps its value.

Your local Real Estate Agent will be able to help you determine what is a strong option in terms of resale value by analyzing the neighborhood numbers with you. For instance, here in Raleigh, we found a home for a client that was at a lower price than a similar home only a few houses away. The city-wide numbers in Raleigh were up 12% from when this home sold. Making it a great candidate for strong resale value.

Don't Overextend just Because you Can

Don't overspend on your high end real estate

If you qualify for up to a 2.5 million dollar house, we don't advise you to go shop for a home worth the same amount. You will want to have a plan in case something goes wrong. Maybe your company goes under and you lose a salary, are you going to be ok in that scenario? Remember, the pool of buyers in the high-end real estate market is a lot smaller than a home most people can afford.

Ensuring you stay within a budget that makes sense is something your Realtor® should be able to help you with. The expectation was set from the beginning that you were looking for a home within a certain price range. A trustworthy Realtor® who's looking out for your best interests, and not their own financial statements, is going to help you follow through on the plan you developed early on.

Final Thoughts on Buying Luxury Real Estate:

Luxury Homes in Raleigh NC are only available to a small percentage of Americans because of the high price point. For those who can you want to take the necessary measures to ensure the property you buy is the right one. Educating yourself on the high-end real estate buying process, understanding the local neighborhood trends, and knowing exactly what you're looking for is going to help you find the best luxury estate possible.

When you're ready to buy pay attention to more than just the location. Forbes shares a great article on 10 things luxury home buyers should look for in high-end real estate.

Let us know what you think of our luxury home buying tips in the comments section below!

Ryan Fitzgerald Raleigh RealtyHi there! I'm Ryan Fitzgerald, a REALTOR in Raleigh-Durham, NC and the owner of Raleigh Realty. Chances are you and I share a similar passion, Real Estate! I also have a passion for building businesses, working out, inspiring others, technology, sports, and people. Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram!

28 Responses to "8 Luxury Home Buying Tips you Need to Know (INFOGRAPHIC)"

paige smith wrote: This article has a lot of really neat ideas on home buying. The infographic is really detailed. I can not wait to look at some of these things for my own home.

Posted on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 at 11:10am.

Tobias Armstrong wrote: I like the idea of not overextending just because you can. Even if you're looking for a luxury home, it's never a bad thing to only spend as much as you need. Great tips on buying a home in general - thanks for sharing.

Posted on Friday, January 22nd, 2016 at 5:51pm.

Lauren Woodley wrote: I definitely agree that you should know the priorities that you have in a home. Making sure that you are including all of the perks like the backyard or the home gym will definitely narrow down your search and ensure that you're only looking at homes you know you'll love. Overall, it helps give you perspective and helps the process go a lot more smoothly. Thanks for the reminder!

Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 at 12:20pm.

Kyler Brown wrote: My wife has always wanted to have a nice house someday. I really appreciated these tips, especially the advice about knowing your priorities in a home. I can see how this would help in selecting a home that fits your unique needs. Thanks for sharing.

Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2016 at 11:06am.

Sarah Anderson wrote: When buying a home, you do need to know the buying process. If you don't understand how buying a home really works, then you should probably do some research on that first and buy later. Another option there is to get a trustworthy agent that is willing to teach you as well.

Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at 3:26pm.

Charles Kemp wrote: I didn't know that there were so many steps to getting a luxury home. It would be really nice to have help through all of this so that you don't get overwhelmed. I also think it would be helpful to find the home that is going to fit you the best.

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at 4:55pm.

Bob Lowe wrote: Thanks for the post. I think it is super important to know your priorities in a home. If your going to be spending a lot of money on a home you want it to have the things you need. I wouldn't compromise on that issue. I would make sure the realtor you hire knows and understand that.

Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2016 at 7:50pm.

April Cook wrote: I'm hoping to buy a new home this summer, and I really like all these tips you have. I especially like the tip to be patient. I tend to be afraid that I'll miss out, so I act fast. I will use this tip as I look at homes for sale and wait until I find the perfect one. Thanks!

Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2016 at 11:40am.

Nathan Johnson wrote: Thanks for going over these tips for buying luxury homes. I really liked your section about having patience and how that will help you. I can imagine that it is difficult to wait for the right house at the right price, but that is so important when a large financial responsibility it at stake. Also, I appreciate your advice to not overextend just because you can. Thanks for the great info!

Posted on Friday, May 27th, 2016 at 12:59pm.

Luxury house plans wrote: I really appreciated these tips, especially the advice about knowing your priorities in a home. I also think it would be helpful to find the home that is going to fit you the best.

Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 at 8:20am.

Jorge McMillan wrote: It's good to know that there are tips that can help people buy a home during some of the craziest months of the year. It's like you pointed out, people are looking to either sell or buy their homes so that they can enjoy the summer. I guess it comes to being prepared with tips like this and being ready to act when you see a home that you like.

Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2016 at 12:04pm.

Lillian Moore wrote: I agree that knowing your priorities in a luxury home will help you find an estate you will love. When looking through homes it is best to understand what you do and don't like. If your realtor knows those likes and dislikes then they can help you by only showing you homes that have only what you like. Another thing to think of is that you should only base your dislikes on what you can't fix after moving into a home. Thanks for the tips!

Posted on Monday, June 13th, 2016 at 3:11pm.

Claudia Sarmiento wrote: Nice, I like the way you have explained everything with the help of Infographic. It made the whole process look so easy. Thanks for sharing.

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at 6:26am.

Mike Toste, Luxury Realtor® wrote: Great little guide, Ryan! I went ahead and tweeted it out to my followers. The point about neighborhoods is huge! That is a major factor we constantly see here in the Lake Norman area with luxury buyers. As with your point on patience, this seems to be equally applicable to sellers, who for the most part it takes much longer to sell their homes than folks selling homes under 300k, as an example.

I love checking out your content, keep it up!

Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2016 at 11:47am.

Braden Bills wrote: I've been trying to find a good luxury home to buy. I didn't even think about making sure I get something with good resell value! That way I can get more back if I end up moving in the future. Thank you for sharing!

Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 at 9:48am.

mark devid wrote: You share great tips for buyer who are looking for new luxury home.

Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016 at 6:13am.

Susie Cortright wrote: Good tips, Ryan. I always guide my luxury buyers in learning more about the architect and builder of the home, as well. The quality of construction and the care/craftsmanship are major factors, especially as these luxury homes are meant to stand for generations. It's nice when the architect and builder communicate with the new owners. It makes everyone feel like they've purchased something special: a work of art the buyers can truly be proud of.

Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 4:21pm.

Sarah Smith wrote: My husband and I want to buy a luxury home near a country club. I agree that you should make a list of priorities, so that you are 100% confident when you find the perfect house. I would also recommend that you make sure the priorities are reasonable so that you don't set your sights too high and are disappointed.

Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 2:01pm.

Braden Bills wrote: I want to invest in luxury homes. It makes sense that I would want to understand the buying process. Hiring a realtor teems like a great idea. They know what they are doing when it comes to buying luxury homes!

Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 1:00pm.

Sarah Smith wrote: My husband and I are thinking about buying a luxury home. I appreciate the advice about how you should know the neighborhood. Especially since the location is one of the most important things to consider. Another thing to do is to make a list of all the thing you need in a house and won't compromise on.

Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 3:48pm.

John wrote: I really like the article's suggestion to know your priorities in advance when looking for a luxury home. My wife and I have been doing some browsing, but we haven't gotten serious about buying yet. It seems like we would really want to have our priorities laid out before we get serious about the buying process.

Posted on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 at 1:59pm.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 3:15am.

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Posted on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 at 10:17pm.

Kenneth Gladman wrote: I like that you mentioned understanding your priorities before searching for a home. You need to know what you can live without and what you need. This will quickly narrow down your selection and help in your pursuit.

Posted on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 4:23pm.

Precious Leyva wrote: I didn't even think to check for the future of properties near a luxury home that I am interested in. This is great to know in case I decide to move. No one wants to have a hiccup in selling their home.

Posted on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 at 5:33pm.

Leviticus Bennett wrote: I like your tip to know the local neighborhoods. Like you mentioned, it's good to know about the future plans for the neighborhood too. I think it's a good idea to see what the school district is like if you have kids.

Posted on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 4:31pm.

Ivy Baker wrote: I liked that you pointed out that before buying a home you should do some research. It does seem like a good idea to know if the neighborhood you are planning on moving into will be a good one. I wouldn't want to regret moving into a certain area.

Posted on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at 8:47pm.

Braden Bills wrote: I want to make sure that I get the right luxury home for my family. It makes sense that I would want to look into the neighborhood! That way I can know if it's a nice place for children to be raised in.

Posted on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 at 12:38pm.

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