Starting to Look for a Home? Know What You WANT vs. What You NEED

    Starting to Look for a Home? Know What You WANT vs. What You NEED | Keeping Current Matters

    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 with rose-colored glasses.

    Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen in order 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 now?

    The first step in your home buying process should be to get 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 flushed out before starting your search will save you time and frustration, while also letting your agent know what features are most important to you before starting to show you houses in your desired area.

     

    Source:  Keeping Current Matters

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    Steve Baker

    Steve comes to the world of real estate with nearly 30 years of Marketing and Graphic Design experience. These two very important skills make him ideal for this profession. In 2017 he achieved his highest accolade to date becoming a global, award-winning real estate graphic design/marketing recipient. Mr. Baker is not only a REALTOR but the Director of Marketing for Rinehart Realty. His education and work experience also include a Bachelor degree in Education and degrees in Radiologic Technology and Medical Ultrasonography. He was a pioneer in the field of Radiology PACS development and Radiology Voice Recognition adoption and implementation in southwest Virginia. His previous positions as Director of Radiology and PACS Administrator lead to enormous development in resources and project management necessary to succeed in the field of real estate. Steve is a writer and developer for a variety of blogs and real estate publications. He recently completed his first book of quotations and is currently working on a Real Estate Marketing book. He is a strong supporter of the United Way, having won a past Campaign Coordinator of the Year award. He is also a strong advocate for breast cancer research and education. Mr. Baker has a history of work experience developed on the foundation of a strong work ethic, the pursuit of excellence, quality, honesty and integrity.

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