Here in Charlotte, we are in the land of the Chicken, and the home of the Bojangles(r)... extra crispy matters. But to what measure? Who said fried food is bad for you? And who said bigger isn't better. Jumbo size me !
Buying big was everything. I’ve been told (and have been marketed) for years that this is what we want. I gotta, wanna, needa have a big home.
I'm not unique. I feel the want for the jumbo bucket, not the modest boxed lunch.
Buying and savoring homes on a strained wallet leads to a badly planned purchase. (and a trip to Mr. Indigestion).
The reason I write this is to point out the difference in what people have been told they want, and what they really need.
Everybody in the home buying process wants a home that suits their needs, but has been told they desire a jumbo size bucket. You know…The one that rolls over your lips and smacks of mmm…mmm…good, until you explode. Nobody wants a brussels sprout and liver sandwich.
But it's true that we could be nicely satisfied on a normal sized portion.
I use your savory senses to allude to part of the Thanksgiving season that says eat more than you should. And to point out that the lure of what you can, and can’t afford and consume, is a point taken for all seasons.
Jumping into a home to become mortgage poor is no longer considered a red badge of courage. It’s a dunce cap with a scarlet letter.
(I bow and take exception to the unemployed)
So the question of present buyers marches on : How do I know if my tastes fit my budget? And where do I start when buying a home?
It's easy ! and it's best to start with a mortgage professional to understand what you can afford, and what makes sense. You have a part in this "makes sense" process.
Have you made your shopping list? Do you know what to avoid while staying within your budget? I hope so, because, buying a home has a similarity to going to the grocery store.
Don’t let your eyes get bigger than your stomach.