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Before You Look for Your Dream Home: Know What You Want vs. What You Need!

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Before You Look for Your Dream Home: Know What You Want vs. What You Need!

Juan Murray

Juan began his real estate career in 1994 as their Housing Rehabilitation Director for the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), a na...

Juan began his real estate career in 1994 as their Housing Rehabilitation Director for the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), a na...

Jul 12 3 minutes read

In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is essential to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search.

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with a list of things that you’d LOVE to have in your new home. Many new homebuyers fantasize about the amenities that they see on television or Pinterest, and start looking at the countless homes listed for sale through rose-colored glasses.

Do you need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen to be happy with your home choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Could the “man cave” of your dreams be a future renovation project instead of a make-or-break right now?

The first step in your home buying process should be getting pre-approved for your mortgage. Getting pre-approved allows you to know your budget before you fall in love with a home that is way outside of it.

The next step is to list all the features of a home that you would like and to qualify them as follows:

  • “Must-Haves” – if this property does not have these items, then it shouldn’t even be considered (ex: distance from work or family, number of bedrooms/bathrooms).
  • “Should-Haves” – if the property hits all of the ‘must-haves’ and some of the ‘should-haves,’ it stays in contention but does not need to have all of these features.
  • “Absolute-Wish List” – if we find a property in our budget that has all of the ‘must-haves,’ most of the ‘should-haves,’ and ANY of these, it’s the winner!

Bottom Line

Having this list fleshed out before starting your search will save you time and frustration. It also lets your agent know what features are most important to you before they start showing you houses in your desired area.

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