What is on your shopping list when looking to buy a home?

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

When you work with several buyers at the same time as I am doing right now, each with their own different budget and criteria, you need to keep on your toes. For a real estate broker like myself in Monterey County, California, dare I say it,  it's like going to a grocery store with several lists and the best way to keep them straight is to have several "mental" shopping carts. 


Basically, what is our "search" for each of the clients on the MLS:

1. Budget: Especially when there is a loan involved, the maximum a client wants to spend seldom varies. Yet sales prices of homes vary considerably between Carmel-by-the-Sea, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, and Big Sur.

2. Neighborhood: Clients usually have definite thoughts on this. Reasons can range from nearness of good schools to commute time to work.

3. Location: Sometimes the LOCATION as in nearness to ocean overrides all other items.

4. Type of home: This varies from single family detached to condominium or townhouse.

5. How many stories: Some buyers do not want second stories because of stairs.

6. How many bedrooms and bathrooms: If it's a growing family, the more the merrier; for downsizing buyers it's the opposite.

7. Garage: To many buyers, a single garage or none is a deal breaker. Others are happy with an assigned parking stall or two.

8. Investor: Here's a totally different buyer who is strictly looking for a return on investment.


If the above criteria are met to the buyers' specification, it becomes individual choice. The buyers that I am dealing with right now, have totally different wants. And this is where it becomes interesting for me, their real estate broker, to find something in this tight inventory market.


Inventory is tight, when you come right down to it, so sometimes even finding something to look it is a challenge. For example, one of my buyers right now only has one to look at right now, mostly because of #5. My second buyer is all about #2 while another buyer is all about #8.






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Hella Rothwell at Carmel Beach during Concours WeekCarmel-by-the-Sea Beach and Pebble Beach Golf Course California

Whether buying or selling oceanfront, oceanview, commercial or any type of real estate in Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Carmel Valley and Big Sur, I can help you. Call me and let's meet in my Carmel-by-the-Sea office in Su Vecino Court on Dolores between 5th & 6th.

Or we can just chat on the phone to discuss your real estate needs.

Are you out of the area? No problem, I often never even meet my clients. The whole transaction is handled long distance.

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Hella Mitschke Rothwell (R)

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Comments (6)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Hella,  Great list and so right to have this list of important things to think about.  Suggested!

Jun 25, 2014 12:20 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Very true, Hella.  Sounds like a handful keeping each and every clients wants & needs in mind while trying to find them the perfect property - fortunately they're in good hands!

Jun 25, 2014 11:18 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hella, great post to get buyers thinking about their "list".   I usually have buyers make a list of their top 7 items that are MUST HAVES.   If they get 5, they probably found the house.

Jun 26, 2014 12:16 AM
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

I call it a lifestyle form because that is what they are trying to create, a lifestyle that works for them. And always budget is at the top. 

Jun 27, 2014 01:11 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hello Hella, great post, having your priorities outlined is important in any decision, and your list will help smart buyers to make a good decision.

Jun 28, 2014 02:07 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hella just wanted to stop in and wish you a Happy & Relaxing 4th of July weekend. On a side note what a great post and good advice, Endre

Jul 04, 2014 05:26 AM