As simple as this sounds, many home-buyers don't have a
firm idea in their heads before they go out searching for a home. In fact, when you go shopping for a
place to live, there are actually two homes competing for your attention:
the one that meets your
needs, and the one that fulfills your desires. Obviously, your goal is to find one home that does
both. But in the real world, this situation doesn't always occur.
When you're looking at homes, you'll find that you fall in love with one or another home for entirely
different reasons. Is it better to buy the 4-bedroom home with room for your family to grow, or the one
with the big eat-in kitchen that romances you with thoughts of big weekend family brunches? What's
more important: a big backyard, or proximity to your child's school? Far too often people buy a home
for the wrong reasons, and then regret their decision when the home doesn't meet their needs.
Don't shop with stars in your eyes: satisfy your needs first. If you're lucky,
you'll find a home that does this and also fulfills your desires. The important thing is to understand the
difference before you get caught up in the excitement of looking.
Find out if your agent offers a "Buyer Profile System" or
"House-hunting Service," which takes the guesswork out of finding just the right home that matches your needs. This type of program will cross-match your criteria with ALL available homes on the market and supply
you with printed information on an on-going basis. A program like this helps homeowners take off their
rose-colored glasses and, affordably, move into the home of their dreams.
To help you develop your homebuying strategy, use this form:
What do I absolutely NEED in my next home:
What would I absolutely LOVE in my next home: