How To Find Your Dream Home On The Monterey Peninsula

By
Real Estate Agent with DeLuca Real Estate

 

Your dream home awaits! Many people find themselves wanting to buy a home on the Monterey Peninsula because this is such a DESIRABLE location. Buying a home is such an exciting time in one's life and should be a fun process! However, because the purchase of real estate is probably going to be one of your biggest financial transactions, I have compiled a "checklist" to help you prioritize the features, elements and amenities you are looking for in your new home. 

1. When buying a home I believe that it is a wise choice to figure out what you feel you must have, versus what you would like to have if the price allows. I advise that you weigh out the pros and cons of each home you look at to help you decide which one best meets your criteria.

2. The first thing you want to figure out is what your price point is going to be. It is a smart choice to know ahead of time how much you can afford to spend prior to going out to look at houses.  That knowledge will enable us to narrow down the available homes on the market to the percentage that falls within your price point. 

3. The next thing we want to narrow in on is whether you are looking for a house, a condo, a town home or a multi-unit home. 

4. The condition of the property is something to consider. Do you want a newer or older home? Do you want to pay a little less for a home and have to spend money to invest in the improvements/repairs needed or do you want a home that is "move-in" ready?

5. The "must haves" portion of your list will be crucial in any home purchase. Try to keep these things in mind when looking for a home, without being to narrow that your not willing to look at anything. 

6. The "would like to haves" may be taken away if the price of a home becomes an issue. For example, if you have a baby you know that you will need at least a two bedroom. If you would like to have three bedrooms for a guest room or a possible office, that is not a necessity. You may have to kiss the third bedroom goodbye in order to get into a house that will be affordable for you and your family. You may have to be willing to make some compromises. 

When looking for a home, you want to focus on homes that are in your price point  and appear to have most of your "must haves."  Throughout this process I expect that you will probably amend your "must haves" versus your "would like to haves" list as you begin to preview homes. The important thing is to make sure you have the two clearly separated so you can decide where your willing to compromise. 

If your like most of the home buyers I work with, you have a basic idea of where you would like to live. The proximity to family, friends and work often will play a significant part in your deciding where to purchase your home. I understand this and look forward to working with you as your Realtor! We will work together as a team. and together we will find your dream home. 

Comments (3)

Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Great advice for those looking for that dream home Angelica. Great post.

Apr 08, 2013 04:51 PM
Angelica Williams
DeLuca Real Estate - Monterey, CA
Angelica Williams

Great, thank you Tom

Apr 09, 2013 03:23 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

This is a great checklist for the consumer when they are looking for their home on Monterey Peninsula.

Apr 09, 2013 11:10 PM