In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it
is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your
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 with rose-colored glasses.
you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen in order 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 now?
The first step in your home buying process should be to get pre-approved for your mortgage. This 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!
this list flushed out before starting your search will save you time
and frustration, while also letting your agent know what features are
most important to you before starting to show you houses in your desired