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Before You Look for Your Dream Home: Know What You Want vs. What You Need



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. It also lets your agent know what features are most important to you before they start showing you houses in your desired area.

I can help you navigate the home buying process and save you time, and certainly save you money. I get paid on commission by the seller when I bring them a buyer, so my services are completely free to home buyers. It is important for you to have your interests represented during the home buying process.

See you next time. 

Jennifer Sofield

Paoli

Malvern

Daylesford

Devon

Berwyn

Radnor

Lower Merion

Strafford

Villanova

Bryn Mawr

Wayne

Gladwyne

Penn Valley

Saint Davids

Rosemont

Haverford

Narberth

Ardmore

Bala Cynwyd

Wynnewood

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Copass Real Estate -Main Line

Compass RE - Jennifer Sofield - Agent

Suburban Square

6 E Montgomery Avenue, Suite 105

Ardmore, PA 19003

Jennifer Sofield is a team of Pennsylvania real estate licensee affiliated with Compass RE and the Town & Line Team. Compass RE is a licensed real estate broker and abides by equal housing opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdrawal without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate. This is not intended to solicit property already listed. Nothing herein shall be construed as legal, accounting or other professional advice outside the realm of real estate brokerage. Compass RE Main Line office phone:  (610) 822-3356. Broker of Record: John Bilek. 

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