of whether you are a first time buyer or a seasoned home owner,
choosing the right home is the top priority. I know it sounds cliche;
after all, no one wants to buyer the wrong house? The mistake many
buyers when beginning their home search is having a lack of focus and
trying to find the "perfect" house. Before we even begin
discussing finding the right home, let us first agree that there is
no "perfect" house. Even a home that you design and build
will not be perfect. Understanding your needs, wants and priorities
will guide you and your agent to finding the best home for you even
if it isn't
do you begin the process of finding the right home? You need to start
with the same thing regardless of any other considerations. How do
you plan on paying for the house? Even if you can afford to pay cash
for your home it does not mean that paying cash is the best option
for you. If you are like most people and plan on securing a mortgage
to buy your home, there are may options available. Start by getting
several trusted recommendations and explore the available options and
your ability to qualify for one or more of those options. Once you
are qualified and understand how you will pay for you home it is time
to plan the process for selecting your new home.
with a brain storming session. List the features, amenities, and
conveniences that you
want to consider when selecting homes. Make it as comprehensive as
possible without being entirely unrealistic. Pay particular attention
to areas of the home, neighborhood, school assignments, etc. that are
important to you. Once
you have a list, go back over the list and divide the list into
Needs, Wants, and Extras. The entries on the Needs
list are the items that are deal breakers. Any
one of these items could knock a home out of consideration if it
doesn't meet your need as defined by you. Wants are the items that
you would like to have but be compromised or absent completely
without being a deal breaker. Extras are the things that you would
have “in a perfect world”.
Next, prioritize the list in order of importance.
that you have your list compiled and ordered it is time to meet with
your agent to do a reality check. Your agent will have ideas and
recommendations that may refine your list so that it will provide the
results. Having your list prioritized will allow your agent to remove
search parameters in order of least importance until you have a
qualified short list of homes to consider.
have used this method for years and it has saved my clients countless
hours, miles, and frustrations. Perhaps it will help make your home
search as efficient and pleasant as possible. Best of luck in finding
your dream home.
Michael has been serving the real estate needs of buyers and sellers since 1990. If you would like to speak with Michael about refining your home selection process, please call the number listed to schedule an personal consultation.
Author:Michael Johnson Phone: 919-413-0495 Dated: March 22nd 2014 Views: 549 About Michael: After choosing a career in real estate in 1990 I had one pressing question to answer. Do I want to b...
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