Sep 15 2017 18775 4

Dated: 09/15/2017

Views: 55

Looking for Your Dream Home? Know What You Want vs. What You Need

Looking for Your Dream Home? Know What You Want vs. What You Need | MyKCM

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 through rose-colored glasses.

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

The first step in your home buying process should be getting 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 fleshed 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.

Blog author image

Chauntel Enzweiler

Although I want to share a little information on my background and marketing, this is more about you. What will help you sell quickly for maybe even more money than the house (down the street) Having ....

Want to Advertise on this Site?

Latest Blog Posts

I Sold This Home In Only FIVE Days

And - I sold it for nearly 20% over the Asking Price!!The FIRST thing you should notice is that, like many other homes, and many other Realtors, in this brisk Sellers market, I did NOT"

Read More

Northern KY Open House List

Searching for a new place to live? Need a quick, FREE, resource to help you?  This is it...CLICK on any of the links below to see an up-to-the-minute list of Northern KY Open House

Read More

Dreaming Of Owning A Home

Do you have a dream of owning your own home but don't have a down payment?   Well, there is some Great News!  You can get up to $11,000 for down payment!  Yes, that's right, up

Read More

Special Program Offers Zero Down Home Loans On Eligible Properties Northern KY Properties

You may have heard about Zero Down Home Loans and thought they were only available to veterans and active duty service members.  There is a program however that is available for moderate

Read More