Knowing What you Want When Buying a Home

By: Adam Coyle

Knowing what you want when buying a home can be somewhat hard to define. Sure you have some ideas about what you would like but which of those are absolutely necessary and which can you do without? Have you taken the time to sit down with your family (if you have one) and talked about what is needed in a new home? This is the time that you need to differentiate between mere wants and absolute needs. These factors can be make or break points in a sale so be sure that you know what you need and what you want.

Start by making a list of sensible needs. It is unlikely that you will need 14 bedrooms, a pool and a servant's quarters, but you may need 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and close proximity to good schools and/or your place of work. Perhaps you need a home with a level entry due to mobility issues or require a home with an in law suite for your elderly parents. Whatever your needs be sure to identify them up front and communicate this to your realtor so they can quickly eliminate homes that do not measure up. Once you have decided on the necessities you can then move on to some of the more "pedestrian" wants.

Finding the perfect home that suits all of your needs and wants is going to be difficult. Chances are that your "perfect home" will be much like other people's who are looking for similar homes in the same price range. You will find the people's ideal homes are not as different as you may think. Buyers are generally looking for the same features as other buyers. Smart home owners have tapped into these wants and have made changes to their homes to deal with the more common desires of buyers. Some sellers will even include a flooring allowance or some similar perk to draw buyers in.

If you do find that ideal home do yourself a favor and be sure to have your financial picture settled and ready to roll so you don't have to scramble to secure funding. It can be heart-breaking finding the right home only to have it swept out from under you by a buyer who has their mortgage ready while you are attempting to secure your financing. Do yourself a favor and get pre-approved before you start looking for homes. It will mae the process much easier.

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