Separating the "I wants" from the "Must Haves" here in Rocky Mount, NC

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty NC LLC NC# 235952

I want, I want, I want...

Do you have a hard time separating the "I wants" from the "Must Haves" when it comes to buying a home here in Rocky Mount, NC.  Most people do and then they cannot decide on a suitable property.  So, how do you solve this problem if you cannot afford to build a custom home.

New Construction     Construction Plans

First, sit down and make a list of everything that you would ideally like to have in the home you are purchasing, including location and amenities.  Get everyone involved that will be living in the home, even the ones that are not taking out the mortgage or paying on the loan.  Someone else may come up with something that you did not think about.  Yes, that does mean you may get the fenced back yard for a puppy or swing set but it may also mean a heated driveway so the snow and ice won't accumulate.

Make a List       Puppy

Now, each individually, write down three things that you could not or would not live without in the property.  Each person may have different items, but you may be surprised that you have some things in common.  Prioritize!  Decide which items are most important and which ones would not be a deal breaker.  You know, the three bedrooms and two bathrooms are more important than the heated driveway.  Or at least they are here in Rocky Mount.

Family Decisions      Home Found

By doing this exercise, you will find out what is important to the other person and what things you can compromise on without losing out on a great property.  Remember, by keeping the must haves prioritized, then when you get the heated driveway, you got a bonus.


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Comments (3)

Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Kathy, came over from Lenn's reblog. I get these list's as well..and most times they are doable...but in many cases, it can be an eye opener once the buyer realizes their budget and they realize that they really have to knuckle down on the priority of those wants.  Hmmm...a first for me, I've never heard of heated driveways and I'm from the east coast. Is this a common thing in NC?

Nov 04, 2013 06:23 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Hello Kathy, I'm stopping by via Lenn Harley's re-blog of your post.  I had to smile at Cindy's comment about heated driveways.  Being from Chicago, I'll tell you they can be a real plus...not cheap though!

Nov 04, 2013 07:13 AM
Kathy Akers, ABR CRB CRS GRI
Fathom Realty NC LLC - Rocky Mount, NC
Your Trusted Real Estate Advisor

Cindy, thanks for the stop by.  Heated driveways are not that common here as we get very little snow.  We had a builder that set up a neighborhood with some to attract buyers that were moving down from the north.

Nick, thanks also for stopping by.  I do understand they are not cheap.  The ones here are done through heated water running underneath the driveway.  I lived in Chicago for several years and I know the freeze line is a lot deeper than here so I am not sure how that works for you all.

Nov 05, 2013 12:32 AM