Now that you have made the decision to purchase a home, now comes the hard part: agreeing with your significant other on a home. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first time home buyer or on your tenth home, we all deal with the beautiful madness that is home buying. Most people never think of all the moving parts involved in purchasing a home.
After years in the business, I’ve seen the home buying madness rock even the best relationships to the core. The individuals involved are rarely on the same page when it comes to what they want in their new home. I suggest making a list entitled Needs, Wants and Nice to Haves.
Once completed, this list could save you weeks of headaches and potential arguments. It’s may seem funny, but you can ask many of the people who have gone through the process and they’ll tell you the same thing. It’s like preparing for a court case and both you and your significant other are the attorneys stating their case for the amenities they’d like in the new home.
I suggest that you start the list with simple things like numbers of bedrooms, baths, yard size and floor plans. Starting with simple things first and building upon them is a surefire way to keep the blood pressure low.
Once your list is done it’s time to seek out a Real Estate Agent to help you guys bring the home search to fruition. During this process remember my mantra: Be Flexible & Open Minded. It’s important to be flexible & Open Minded because it’s rare to find exactly what you want in a home unless you build from scratch – home building is another monster entirely.
Your realtor will help guide you both in the right direction and keep you on course. During the home buying process it’s so easy to get taken off course and get lost in the madness. Your next steps depend entirely what’s on your list. Working with a realtor can help you navigate the storm of an experience. As a realtor myself, I pride myself on making this entire process as easy as possible. If you have any questions concerning the process, feel free to reach out to me personally and we can discuss your next steps.