1.Prioritize your wish list using 3 criteria.
When you are house hunting, always use three criteria that are non-negotiable. Sometimes it might be location, finished bathroom, under budget, but other times, it could he a home with history, a room for the in-laws, and new appliances. Prioritizing the list ahead of time will help you realize when you are willing to make a sacrifice. Not prioritizing your list is where realtors see the majority of buyers missing out on a great home!
2. Keep an open mind.
That being said, you should not rule out a property just because it does not meet all of your needs. Be willing to adjust your list of priorities. Not only will this give you a better understanding of your non-negotiable, but you might be pleasantly surprised and stumble upon a great find!
3. Be realistic about your budget.
Understand your buying power, talk to your lender to help you define your budget. This will prevent you from falling in love with a house that realistically you cannot afford. And on the other hand, know how much you want to spend, you may quality for a $350,000 home, but perhaps that $250,000 will meet all of your needs.
4. View at least 3 houses.
Even if you have already seen the home of your dreams. And the other homes don’t seem to check off all your boxes, go see it! From there, you will start to really hone in on your ‘must haves’ and ‘deal breakers’. Worst case scenario, you will learn about what you are not looking for in a home.
5. Be ready to compromise with your partner.
Communicating with your partner and, again, prioritizing your own needs, and then your combined needs is essential. Compromise! You can/will find a home that both of you will be happy with!!