We know that navigating the home buying process probably feels comparable to sailing the ocean blue - especially when it comes to finding the right house.
Today, we are giving you tips on how to find the perfect home for you and your lifestyle!
Let's start with your WHY.
The answer to why you want to buy a home will lay the foundation for everything included in your home search. If you are buying a property as an investment and want to rent it out, you will be looking for different factors than if your reason for owning a home is because you want to raise your family and be in a specific school district. Other reasons for wanting to own a home could include: wanting more space, because you are getting married, you want a home for retirement, you want to downsize, or you want a vacation home.
Next, make a list of your "MUST-HAVE" features and top "DEAL-BREAKERS.
When you start your home search, you are going to share all of your search criteria with your Coldwell Banker Gosslee Real Estate Agent so they can set up an online search for you that will filter through all of the listings to send you. You want to start thinking about your absolute "must-haves" and "deal-breakers" before you set up your search. If you want to feel confident when it comes time to write an offer and "say yes to the address", you will want to have your wants and needs narrowed down! Think of the home features you absolutely won't give up and those you will not accept. Is having 2 separate living spaces or a pool a "MUST" in your next home? Then make sure it is on your list!
You want to think of features that would be difficult or impossible to change once you move in and make sure to eliminate homes that don't meet your must-haves before you go out and start looking. If you're buying a house for more space and 4 bedrooms is a must have - will the cutest house you've ever soon with only 3 bedrooms really do the trick? At the end of the day, giving up that 4th bedroom just for aesthetics doesn't really match your ultimate reason for moving.
Now, get out a piece of paper and write down the type of LIFESTYLE you want your new home to create.
You'll want to dig deep here because you are not just buying a home, you are buying a lifestyle! Think about what you normally do on the weekends. Do you love hosting get-togethers? Or do you like your home to be a space you can unwind and relax? Think of the features that match up to what your lifestyle is like or what you would want it to be more like.
Another thing to think about is what is something you don't have where you currently live that you would love to have in your next home? Maybe the idea of curling up next to the fireplace with your coffee every morning is something you would just love to have! Or maybe you dream of a bigger yard for your kids to run around in and have family football games.
Whatever the missing piece is for you now - it can become a reality in your new home! So make that fireplace or acre lot a must-have feature!
If you are ready to buy in 2019, give us a call! Our experienced agents can help you say yes to an address that you will love for years to come!
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