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November 17, 2012

Make A List. Buying A Home Step #4

Make A Checklist. Buying A Home Step#4
Make A Checklist

Now, the search begins for your new home.

Surfing the internet or driving all over town to look at properties is an exciting part of buying a home. However, with the cost of gas and the time you spend on it, you’ll soon find out that the fun fades away without finding what you want.

So before you start venturing out on your search, whether on your own or with your real estate agent, it’ll be good to sit down and create a "wish list". Analyze your needs and wants; features and amenities you prefer to have in a home.

Points to consider on your wish list and prioritize them:
  • Older or newer homes; fixer-upper or move-in condition?
  • Preferences for the style: ranches, bungalows, split level, two levels, or others.
  • Location: access freeways, nearby schools, parks, shopping.
  • Living space and size of yard.
  • Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
  • Size and type of kitchen.
  • Garage or carport; for how many cars or recreational vehicles.

Amenities you need or want:
  • Home Office
  • In-Law suite
  • Family/Recreation or exercise room
  • Fireplace
  • Laundry room
  • Security system
  • Patio, deck, or porch
  • Pool or Hot tub
  • Workshop/Studio

One of my clients even brought pictures of some of the features they wanted. We didn’t find their “perfect” home, but we came pretty close to it. And with some repainting, updating fixtures, newer appliances, landscaping, and so on, I have to say their new home is almost picture perfect after only a year of living in it.

I’ve always encouraged homebuyers to continue searching on internet. While realtors have access to a large inventory of current listings or properties that may just be coming on the market, they may miss something that fits your needs or one you may be willing to consider.

As a realtor, the thrill of searching and finding the right home for a client, is just as great. The smile on their faces and hugs I get when we finally close their transaction is worth a million!

NEXT: Writing A Purchase Offer. Step #5

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