by Carla Hill
Your real estate agent may not be your fairy godmother, but they have powers to grant you many of your home buying wishes.
Your first step in finding your dream home? You must develop a strong image in your mind, and a sound list for your agent, of what you want of your dream home.
To make this process a little less daunting, consider these categories:
- Location: It has been lauded for years as the most important factor when it comes to the saleability and pricing of home, and it’s a good place to start when compiling your wish list. Do you want a short commute to work? Are you looking for a waterfront property? Do you want to be near family? Is there a particular neighborhood you want to make home? These are all important questions that will help your agent narrow their search for your dream home.
- Neighborhood: If you are looking for a family home, then you need to research the local schools. Is there a particular school district you want to be in, or perhaps to stay in? Are you wanting a neighborhood within walking distance to shops and restaurants? Or perhaps you prefer something more quiet, or on a cul-de-sac.
- Home Styles: Do you prefer large, open floorplans and Modern architecture? Or are you a fan of cozy and functional Country style plans? A Tudor style home is exemplified by tall, narrow windows with small panes and a reminiscence of Medieval looks. Or how about Victorian style homes, which feature elaborate details on the exterior and interior of the home?
- Home Features: Not every buyer is seeking the same features. What is it that you desire most? Fireplaces, guest bathrooms, an open floor plan, formal dining, a media room, covered porches, a screened porch, a large finished garage, or a pool? The same concept goes for decorative features, including flooring preferences, crown molding, and exterior siding.
- Condition: Are you on the lookout for a fixer-upper? Some buyers thrive on the challenge of restoring a former beauty to its original glory. Or are you the type that wishes for new construction, so you can put your own mark on the property? Also consider the idea of townhomes and condos, which can afford the homeowner even more freedom from maintenance.
Use these categories as a starting point for creating your own wish list. And then pass it on to your own fairy godmother!