Clearly Define Your Needs

This picture shows a closeup of a man's legs and feet in dress pants and dress shoes walking towards the word "needs" and away from the word "wants"

Make sure you clearly define your needs before looking for a home. That means tell your REALTOR® what you’re looking for in a home, both your needs and wants. Those are two very different things. For example, you might have a need for four bedrooms if you have several children. However, although it would be nice to have a pool, if there’s no pool, that’s not a deal breaker.

You might be looking to move closer to work. Maybe you would be okay buying a house that’s a bit farther away if you could get it for much cheaper. All of this needs to be expressed. Your home search should the criteria that match your needs. Then you can narrow down your choices by which ones have more of the nice things you’d like (wants).

Also, needs or wants could change down the line. It could be that you picked an area where you want to live but all of the homes in that area are either too expensive for your budget, or they keep getting snatched up before you can even put in an offer. Sounds like you picked a nice area! In this case, you may need to choose a different location. If that happens, it’s good to discuss this with your Realtor right away. That way, you can start searching in your newly chosen area. One of the toughest things to deal with for a Realtor is working with clients who change their minds throughout the search process without saying anything until later. This happens a lot though, so don’t feel bad about expressing a change in your needs or wants. Just remember, the better the communication, the better chance you have at finding the home that’s right for you.

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