Home Buying July 21, 2019

Starting Your Search for Your New Home


Searching for homes might be the most exciting part of buying a home. In my experience, the key to eliminating the “never-ending search” is to set up a list of wants and needs.

Your first focus should be what you or your family must have in a home. This usually translates to the core characteristics of the house, i.e., those that cannot be easily changed. Beds, bathrooms, and size of the home (Sqft) fall into this category. I would also encourage you to include location and schools because the proximity to your workplace and the quality of school district are also sub-characteristics of the home.

Once you’ve established your needs, you can then shift your attention to the wants. Things like yard size, garage space, a chef’s kitchen, or office space are all desirable but typically won’t be a deal breaker. This is where compromise often comes into play and most homes will have most of what you want, but perhaps not everything. It even helps to rank your wants so you can work from an ordered list to help you make a decision.

Having these priorities will help narrow your search by keeping your focus on homes that fit your criteria!

Searching for homes is exciting and I want to offer my services up if you need help. As an agent, I can expedite the search process for you, get you into houses outside of open house times, and give my expect opinion on any homes you might be looking at.

Happy Hunting!