When most people buy a home, they start the process looking for the perfect house.
They want it to be in the right Tallahassee neighborhood, with the right amenities, bedrooms, and size, and of course they want it to be in perfect shape.
Last but not least, they want to buy a home at an affordable price. When you roll all these goals together, it becomes the perfect house.
But does the perfect house really exist?
Know What You Want When You Buy A Home
I have long advocated the use of a real estate buyer's agent when you buy a home, it almost always results in a better purchase and a property that works best for your lifestyle and budget.
A good buyer's agent will walk you through a checklist of "must haves" and "must not haves" in order to help you to decide when and how you will compromise.
Since we know there is no perfect home, we want to decide which features and amenities are critical, versus which ones you merely "want."
For example, you might want to buy a home in the Leon High School zone (so that your daughter can be on the Leonette's Dance Team), and you might want to buy a home with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and be all brick. If you cannot find a house exactly like this, in your price range, would you compromise on the school? A bedroom? A bathroom? Or perhaps the exterior siding?
Everybody will have their own reasons for making the compromise that gets them mostly what they want. The key is to determine ahead of time (before looking at properties) where you will make those critical compromises that lead to buying the best house for your family goals.
Decisions To Make Before You Buy A Home
The most important decisions to make before you buy a home make the difference between a successful home purchase and one where you end up in a home you should not have bought. It is so easy to over-pay when you do not have a plan of attack.
Think about it. The reason that builders use beautiful model homes, staff with excellent sales people, is to generate emotions that make us want to buy.
Before you put yourself in that position, consider sitting down with one of our well-trained buyer's agents. Meet with somebody who will help you put your priorities in the order you deem most critical, and then go find a house with the full knowledge that you have done the best you can to be prepared. You'll be glad you did when you buy a home that is the perfect solution for you and your family.
Joe Manausa, MBA is a 27 year veteran of real estate brokerage in Tallahassee, Florida and has owned and managed his own company since 1992. He is a daily blogger with content that focuses on real estate analytics and providing his clients with a tactical advantage in today's challenging market.