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If you're looking for a home in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, this is something I'll probably ask you before we step foot into a single home.
Even though price IS an object, I do want to know what you're looking for. It's the most important step of the home-buying process!
When two buyers are involved - a couple or partners, for example - it quickly becomes apparent where there's a difference of opinion. It's easy to laugh about those differences, in this context. Some buyers never even dared think about what they really want, and they become downright giddy as they describe their log cabin on acreage with a view of the Smoky Mountains or other "impossible dream."
How does this help, when I'm working with you to find a townhome in the Baltimore-Washington area? Good question, so let's use that example...
If a log cabin with a view is your dream home, it tells me the townhome you buy from me is probably not your "forever" one; therefore, appreciation and resale value are very important. It also says that a view is something you will appreciate, and you will treasure whatever privacy you can get. It may even signal that you prefer a more casual lifestyle rather than a formal one.
The next phase of this conversation is to add in some realism here. First, of course, is to identify items for your Long Term Goals, knowing (for example) that acreage is beyond your means at this time and in this place. But that doesn't mean we can't make a serious effort to satisfy your housing wish list, within the restraints of budget, location, and timing.
Now it's time to get down to business!
By that, I mean separating your WANTS from your NEEDS. Is a fireplace a "must have" or "would like to have" feature? Do you need two bathrooms or, if everything else was perfect, could you live with one and a half? Knowing this helps me choose homes to show you that are likely candidates for you to purchase. It saves a LOT of time and aggravation for both of us.
Today's buyers often come to me with a list of homes they found online, and those are the homes they want to see.
May I suggest that you bring the list of homes you found on the Internet, BUT also take the time to talk with me about your dream home; let's make sure we're on the same page about your WANTS and NEEDS, and review together the homes you found online. After all, I really know the area and the inventory of available homes. I may be able to save you time and money by suggesting other homes and communities; and some of the homes you found online may not fit your criteria at all.
You see, I'm more than a taxi-driver with a key to get inside homes that are for sale. I'm a professional REALTOR with over 30 years experience. My knowledge of Anne Arundel County real estate and the home-buying process will help make your home-buying transaction a smooth and pleasant one.
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