Before You Look For Your Dream Home: Know What You Want Vs. What You Need!


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 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 really 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. 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!


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.






Featured Posts
Posts Are Coming Soon
Stay tuned...
Recent Posts
Archive
Search By Tags
Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
  • Google+ Basic Square

© 2020 by Chris Dudley

Realtor, and TEAM LEADER of the Dudley Real Estate Group, with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty

The Dudley Real Estate Group - Licenced in WV, VA, MD & DC    What is my home worth? Click here to get a FREE VALUATION

Chris Cell (202) 297.3047 | Chris@DudleyREGroup.com

--

Tysons Central Office Address - 8075 Leesburg Pike, Suite 720, Vienna, VA 22182  |  Office Phone: (703) 281-8500  |  Fax: (703) 214-2104

​© 2012-2019 by CHRIS DUDLEY with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Building Relationships.... NOT just selling!

  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • YouTube Social  Icon
  • Google+ Social Icon
  • LinkedIn Social Icon