Home Buying Criteria – How Do I Know When I Found the Right House

Find the right home is not as difficult as it seems if you have a “game plan”. By that I mean – you have a good idea of the area you want to live and if you have been qualified by a lender the amount you can afford to spend. It is very easy to get caught up on the “looking at homes” and getting side tracked. I have worked with buyers who get so overwhelmed with some of the decorations in houses, that they lose sight of what is really important to them.

Depending on the amount of current inventory of homes, the process may take anywhere from 30 to 90 days (let’s hope not longer than than). The best advice I can give is for you to take a piece of paper and write down everything you think the perfect home should have. Then go through the list and rate them – A – must have – important no compromise on these items – pick 7-10 items. Generally bedrooms, baths, kitchen area, layout, garage, size of yard will fall into this category. Rate the B’s – these items would be nice – not critical to the decision. If the house has everything on the A list but it is a 1 story rather than a 2 story you may be willing to compromise.

When you are looking at homes, take your worksheet with you and start to analyze the properties. When you find a home that meets 90% of the items you must have, you have a winner. This process will help to keep you focused on what is really important to you in a home and makes the whole process a lot more enjoyable.

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