Tips For Finding The Perfect Home For Your Family

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Tips For Finding The Perfect Home For Your Family


Whether you’re shopping for your first home or your thirtieth, house hunting is stressful. You want to find the perfect home, but unless you’ve just won the lottery, you have budgetary concerns which could prevent you from checking off every item on your bucket list. Buying a new home is usually the largest financial decision a family makes in a lifetime, the fear of making a mistake can be paralyzing. It’s important to understand exactly how each aspect of your new home and community can impact your family. By utilizing a few house hunting tips, you can ensure you choose the best home for your family and your needs.  

Make a List

Put a list together of wants and needs. Each family might have a different list, but that’s ok. Each person should write down what they want and don’t want in a new home. Your list should include:

  • Location: City and community. It’s important to identify the area/areas you are willing to consider. Where the home is located has been proven to be the more important aspect of a happy lifestyle
  • Schools: Where will your children attend school? Are they already in a local school where they wish to continue?
  • Home Features: This is where you list your chef’s kitchen and dream master suite
  • Lot Features: Do you want a pool? Large yard? Small yard?

Prioritize and Discuss

  • Prioritize the list. Each family member should start with deal-breakers and then move down to the list of “like to haves.”
  • Compare lists and discuss differences.
  • Compromise wherever possible. Carefully listen to the reasons the other person cares about their list of “have to have.”

Discuss with your Agent

  • Discuss your list with your real estate agent. Your agent can help you determine what is possible in the community and price range you target. You might be able to accommodate everyone’s list, but perhaps in a neighboring community where homes are more affordable. Your agent can help you learn about the local real estate market.

Buying a new home is exciting! The thrill of looking at properties with your family and imagining your future life in that home can be wonderful experience. By taking some thought in advance about the needs and wants of the family can ensure that your home purchase fits your lifestyle and each family member feels satisfied with the decision. 


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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Oh, the good ol' days . . . why I remember when I bought my first house and I had no list of ideas, no demands, no issues, no specifics I had to meet, it just had to be a house that I liked. I didn't have even financial restraints because everything was affordable and well within reach of any employed person.

May 06, 2017 04:10 PM #1
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Great suggestions to get first time buyers focused on their wants and needs.

May 06, 2017 04:16 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Karen- I was like Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents when we bought our first house.  I just wanted a house and we bought one my husband's company built.  It was after I'd lived in it for a while that I began making a must-have list for my next home. 

May 06, 2017 05:10 PM #3
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We must have looked at 60 houses before we found the perfect fit for our lifestyle then and future.  It was well worth the effort

May 06, 2017 06:20 PM #4
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Nice guidelines, Karen. The must-haves will win out and concessions can be made for the "like-to-haves but not essential". Personally, I fall into the category of "I'll know it when I see it". Happy selling in Orange County!

May 06, 2017 09:07 PM #5
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner - having a real estate professional as the partner while buying a home takes away the stress!

May 06, 2017 10:49 PM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Karen. This is thoughtful and very well done. Thinking really matters.

May 07, 2017 03:37 AM #7
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There are a lot of things that people look for in a home, but the basics really count. Nice post!

May 29, 2017 09:03 PM #8
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

It iis a very exciting time and this is a great list that will help people prioritize the process.

Aug 12, 2017 01:42 AM #9
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