Buying a home with west real estate group

In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is critical 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 many homes listed for sale with 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 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 house that is way outside of it.

The next step is to list all the features of a home that you would like & 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 musts 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!

We created a printable checklist for you to download and print so that you can take a moment to make this list. It will greatly help you and help your Realtor find the home that fits you best.

Click this link to download the What You Want Vs. What You Need Checklist

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.

Call our team today to take the next step, or you can start browsing for homes right now by clicking the link below:

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Contact us with your questions: 208-501-8200. We would love to hear from you!