What do you see when you dream of your home?

Real Estate Agent with Sheffield Properties/Private Label Realty

What do you see when you dream of your home?

dreaming of your homeWe all have our "dream" homes.  For some, it's nestled on the side of a snow caped mountain where you can open your back door and ski right onto the slopes.  Others imagine beach front living with a large deck to enjoy ocean breezes and breath taking sunsets.  I've got mine just like you got yours.  But that is not what I thought of when I started writing this.  My question really is... what do you see of when you dream of your home? 

We all know that the home buying process is detailed.  What I am saying is put aside all the internet searching, the open houses you're attending, and all the neighborhoods you keep driving through.  We all know price is an obvious factor, but let's place that to the side for the moment as well.  What do you really want

If you're buying for the first time, this can be your first real challenge.  Are you single and looking for at least one extra room so a roommate you can help offset some of your monthly mortgage?  Do you have a flexible work schedule that allows you to perform your job outside of an office?  If so, you may want a dedicated home office outside of your living areas and/or bedrooms.  Are you recently married and soon to be?  You'll want to consider whether your home should fit your immediate needs, or if you plan to start a family in the future.  You may love to entertain so a large living room and extra bedrooms will be needed for your pseudo bed and breakfast.  Or perhaps you're looking at all the empty space now your kids have finally moved out and wondering if all that vacuuming is really worth the trouble.

dreaming of your homeHere is Austin, TX - like many metropolitan areas - there are a diverse number of communities and with a seemingly limitless array of home styles to choose.  We've got high rise condos in the heart of downtown, funky bungalow homes built nearly 100 years ago, ranch homes in the ‘burbs, and luxury homes with breath-taking views of the hill country and lakes.  The style that fits your personality exists.  It's requires patience when searchingfor your dream, but you know what you want - so what's the hurry?!?

What you may start to find is what you're looking for may change as you look for that first/next home.  If you find that to be the case, you're mostly certainly on the right track.  You'll even be surprised when your "must haves" change or simply get struck from the list (and how quickly too)!  What I tell anyone looking for a home is - don't sacrifice what you really want.  Yes, you need to have realistic expectations.  There's no such thing as wasting time when it comes to your dream.   So prepare yourself for what you want and be willing to wait for it if necessary.  It's not your Realtor's home or your lenders or your best friend's.  It's your home. 


Comments (5)

Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Nice post, and a very good reminder to keep that "dream" in the forefront...helps to focus on what is really "desired".

Mar 21, 2010 11:47 AM
Mike Sparks
The House Company Galveston Texas - Galveston, TX
Galveston Island Real Estate

Very true Will, everyone's idea of a dream home changes as we process all the choices and possiblities.  When working with a buyer I always tell them they will know the home when they walk in the door, be realistic, but don't try to force yourself into a home, meaning too many changes or compromises will leave you unhappy in the end.

Mar 21, 2010 11:58 AM
Will Goodson
Sheffield Properties/Private Label Realty - Austin, TX

Li - the dream is the most important thing.  When home buyers are find the right home, everyone is happy.  If they have buyer's remorse, it usually falls back on you-know-who!  Maintaining the focus you mentioned is the best way to guarantee success.

Mike - I agree whole heartedly.  There's no reason to force the purchase decision.  It only leads to the buyers have doubt later down the line.  If you find buyers talking themselves into buying a home, it's a sign that they may need to slow things down.  The right one is out there, it is just a matter of waiting for that opportunity. 

Mar 22, 2010 03:36 AM
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Very well said, Will!  I have had many clients have their wants/needs evolve as they look for homes.  What once was very important changes as they see other "amenities" or perks that they maybe hadn't thought of before. 

Wake Forest NC House Chick

Mar 22, 2010 05:30 AM
Will Goodson
Sheffield Properties/Private Label Realty - Austin, TX

Leesa - I've had the same things happen as well.  As I said in the post, many clients are surprised how quickly their minds change.  Another part of envisioning the dream is knowing to be flexible.  You should never compromise what you want, but you should also realize that your tastes may evolve during the home buying process!

Mar 22, 2010 09:46 AM

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