Buying a Home/Wants Vs. Needs - Carlisle, PA.

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams of Central PA RS334568

You've tossed around the concept and now you've made the decision to move to a small town about 30 minutes away from your current rental home. The small town is the spot of your favorite restaurant and the romantic hiking trail that leads to the top of a breathtaking overlook.  


The homes in your 'dream town' are pricey, older, with less interior square footage, and significantly smaller yard space than your current home.  Your romantic notions take your imagination soaring to new heights and you can picture the 'perfect' home. In your daydreams.  The home has a bright white kitchen with an over-sized marble top island, and an open, spacious floor plan throughout that would be perfect for the gala entertaining that occurs in your dream-like state.  


You're jolted awake from your far away fantasy when the Realtor pulls up to the first showing appointment.  Upon entry to the home, the hallway leads to a small enclosed parlor with heavy draperies, tucked away behind french doors covered in tapestry on the right and a dimly lit dining room on the left covered in gaudy rose wallpaper.  You step into the kitchen and stagger onto the linoleum tile, catch a glimpse of the hideous green appliances,  glance up to the popcorn ceiling, and make a quick exit to the bathroom...

Buying real estate is the marriage of:
What I need with what is available within my price range.  

Buyers like to dream, and I say dream big but be sure to season the dreams generously with a healthy dose of reality.  
A move is always a trade-off.  
Perhaps you'll have a smaller kitchen but you can walk to work.  
Maybe you won't have the convenience of the park across the street but you're gaining a home with a large yard.
I recommend sitting down and truly thinking through what are the needs and what are the wants.
Do you need to be closer to work, day care, school, a family member?
If so, what proximity is a necessity (within 2 miles, 5 miles, 10 miles)?
Do you need 4 bedrooms or would 3 bedrooms be sufficient with a pullout couch in the family room for guests?
Is a four car garage a 'must have' even though you only have two cars? Would you consider a storage facility for your excess 'stuff' or maybe its time to consider disposing of the VHS collection or the Encyclopedia Britannica volumes? 

Deciding to move can be a fun adventure.  
My recommendation is to keep the needs and wants in perspective and keep focused on the ultimate desired outcome.


Start by speaking with a Realtor that can ask you the right questions as you embark upon the journey.


Are you considering a move to the Carlisle, PA area?
Are you thinking of selling your Carlisle, PA area  home?
I have lived in Carlisle since 2000.  I love this town and would be honored to help you with your specific real estate needs.
Maria Sapio  (717) 226-6857  msapio@homesale.com

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Rainmaker
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Jeff Dowler - It can be challenging to set aside those vivid and extravagant dream homes to take a good, hard look at what's truly needful.  Thank you for reading my posts ... I really do appreciate it!

Feb 04, 2017 03:55 PM #12
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
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Lottie Kendall - In our modern age surrounded by technology, sometimes that best ideas are crafted on a simple piece of paper... Good suggestion!  Thank you.

Feb 04, 2017 03:57 PM #13
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
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Hannah Williams - You're a superb lady, always sprinkling encouragement like raindrops throughout Active Rain... Thank you!

Feb 04, 2017 03:58 PM #14
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Maria

So true the buyer has decide what their wants and needs  really are.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 04, 2017 07:51 PM #15
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

It's very important to balance our needs with our wants. Your article helps focus us on that balance. Well done!

Feb 04, 2017 08:50 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good reading for prospective home buyers. 

Have an outstanding February!

Feb 05, 2017 05:53 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Maria Sapio, another great blog by you here in the rain.  You have such great writing skills.

 

Feb 05, 2017 09:00 AM #18
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Good Morning Lou Ludwig - Thank you for continuing to cheer on my luck and success' - I appreciate the encouragement!

Feb 05, 2017 09:18 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Hello Nathan Gesner - Thank you for stopping by to read my post.  Hope you're having a great day...

Feb 05, 2017 09:18 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
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Roy Kelley - Thank you for stopping by on this Sunday afternoon to read my post.  Hope you have a terrific day!

Feb 05, 2017 09:19 AM #21
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
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Will Hamm - I am so glad that you enjoy my flair and writing style.  I appreciate your kindness...

Feb 05, 2017 09:20 AM #22
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Maria Sapio has the perfect solutions to understanding the Real Estate process and what all is involved. She will navigate you to the end!

Feb 05, 2017 11:34 AM #23
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Patricia Feager - Thank you for your vote of confidence - it is greatly appreciated!

Feb 05, 2017 01:15 PM #24
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
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Maria

Have a productive week . . . 

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 05, 2017 06:18 PM #25
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Maria.  Lately, I've been having many buyers thinking they can buy homes or condos at totally unrealistic prices.

Feb 06, 2017 05:14 AM #26
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Thank you Lou Ludwig - I appreciate your kind words ... hope your week is outstanding - !!

Feb 06, 2017 05:33 AM #27
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Gabe Sanders - I greatly appreciate your comments on my blog posts and your candid honesty.

Feb 06, 2017 05:33 AM #28
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
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Maria

A small town is a great lifestyle.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 06, 2017 07:38 PM #29
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Maria,

 Great blog I love the people that walk in and their want list is so long and they are must haves but they do not even know what they can afford.

Feb 07, 2017 12:13 PM #30
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Wednesday morning, Maria.

I hope you are enjoying a most productive week.

Feb 08, 2017 06:26 AM #31
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