Buying a home - Can you have it ALL?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE

You are a responsible adult, ready to buy a home, and start the process by getting prequalified for a mortgage loan. You contact a reputable Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent and list your specifications for the home you would like to purchase.

You start looking at homes and unfortunately, not one of them you view are appealing to you. The homes need too much work and you prefer a home that is move-in-ready since you are busy as it is with your full time job. Your agent tells you that you may have to make adjustments to your home search which may include looking at smaller homes or considering a different area or neighborhood of Colorado Springs. You may not want to compromise but you have to consider your options, what is available in your price point, and be realistic.

Truthfully, regardless of your price range, finding the perfect home that has everything you want may be nearly impossible unless you build a home customized to meet your needs. If you have a budget (and that is a good thing) you will have to prioritize and figure out where you can compromise.

Categories up for compromise include:

Price Range - If you cannot compromise in this area and prefer not to increase the price range you are looking in to find the right home, you may have to compromise in another area.

Location - Do you have to be in a certain area of town, close to work, near family or your children's activities? If you are able to have flexibility with the area of town you want to live in, it can really open up your options.

School District - Do you need to keep your children in the same schools or school district? Are you open to exploring additional school districts?

Floor plan - Maybe you prefer a ranch style home but considering other floor plans can provide more choices.

Size - Will you consider a home with less square footage or an unfinished basement? Would a two bedroom home still meet your needs? Can you live with a 1-car garage?

Condition - Would you be open to getting a home that needs some TLC? Do you have time and skill to tackle the home projects or do you have the funds to hire someone to do the work? Could you obtain a rehab loan to finance the required repairs?

Property type - Would you be willing to consider a townhouse or condo that is more affordable than a single family home in the area you would like to live?

If you are unwilling to make any compromises, must have it all, and are limited by your price range, you may have to halt your home search and wait or consider renting if that is a better option for you.

Having champagne taste on a beer budget will eventually require compromise. If this happens to be your first home, keep in mind that it's just that, your first home. More than likely you will sell that home in the future and have a chance to find another home that meets your needs a little more. Not to say you can't get it all with your first home but more than likely, over time, you will better learn what you like or don't like after actually living in a home or two!



Contact Patricia Beck about buying a home in Colorado Springs at 719-660-9058

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Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Well, you may not be able to have it ALL.  But, let's hope you can get the majority of it, or why would you pay thousands in interest?

Aug 18, 2011 11:26 AM #1
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Hope you have a most wonderful weekend!

Aug 20, 2011 05:32 AM #2
Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

Patricia: A Realtor who can get their clients thinking realistically will be a successful one! I love the cartoon!

Aug 20, 2011 02:32 PM #3
EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat
Russel Ray Photos - San Diego, CA

Why can't buying a home be simple? It's almost as complicated as finding a girlfrind.... ouch!

Aug 27, 2011 03:51 PM #4
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Patricia, that condition one as you illustrated quite clearly with your description is very important to understand up front. Sometimes new construction is the best bet for some people. Excellent post.

Sep 12, 2011 12:30 PM #5
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