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Since the number of homes for sale is low today, it can feel challenging to find one that checks all your boxes. But if you know which features are absolutely essential in your next home and which ones are just nice bonuses, you can land a home that fits your needs.

Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for realtor.com, explains it like this:

“Focus on the goal you set out for yourself, like your list of must-haves and nice-to-haves and your budget, . . . Stick to that. Be persistent.”

So how do you go about creating your list of desired features? The first step is to get pre-approved for your mortgage. Pre-approval helps you better understand your budget, and that plays an important role in how you’ll craft your list. After all, you don’t want to fall in love with a home that’s too far out of reach.

Once you have a good grasp of your budget, you can begin to list all the features of a home you would like. Here’s a great way to think about them before you begin:

  • Must-Haves – If a house doesn’t have these features, it won’t work for you and your lifestyle (examples: distance from work or loved ones, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, etc.).
  • Nice-To-Haves – These are features that you’d love to have but can live without. Nice-To-Haves aren’t dealbreakers, but if you find a home that hits all the must-haves and some of the these, it’s a contender (examples: a second home office, garage, etc.).
  • Dream State– This is where you can really think big. Again, these aren’t features you’ll need, but if you find a home in your budget that has all the must-haves, most of the nice-to-haves, and any of these, it’s a clear winner (examples: farmhouse sink, multiple walk-in closets, etc.).

Finally, once you’ve created your list and categorized it in a way that works for you, discuss it with your real estate advisor. They’ll be able to help you refine the list further, coach you through the best way to stick to it, and find a home in your area that meets your needs.

Bottom Line

Crafting your home search checklist may seem like a small task, but it can save you time and money. It’s also one of the keys to being successful in today’s competitive market. Let’s connect so we can work together to find a home that fits your wants and needs.

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🌿Meet Kristy Talmy-Greenwood @elevenrealestate team member 🎉

Kristy is an experienced Real Estate agent who has been selling up and down the coast of California for close to 20 years. 

We love her experience, knowledge, know-how, grit and wisdom. 
But, she is also a certified foundation inspector 👷🏻‍♀️and, as if that weren’t enough, a certified home inspector. 🛠

Kristy is a dream for buyers who want someone that understands the physical nuances of home buying and also for sellers who want to prepare their home for a solid and transparent sale. She single-handedly brings more to a transaction than most would hope for in an entire team. That being said, she is a team player through and through. 

Kristy understands your needs and can translate them into reality. She is as comfortable in front of an international investor 🏗as she is under the house pointing out drainage considerations and other structural data most of us leave for the pros. Because she is the pro! 💪🏽

Kristy is as over-qualified as she is  kind, intelligent, funny and warm-hearted. And, she is street smart. We like them smart! 

Kristy's eyes light up when talking about the mysteries and secrets hidden in a crawlspace. Long time lover of construction, our realtor/home inspector extraordinaire brings a multi dimensional perspective to the sale or purchase of any property. She is excellent at what she does and easy to work with.

Kristy loves the outdoors, mostly around the water, and spending time with her three children and the family rescue pup. She is a poet, hiker, surfer, body-builder, traveler, and is always up to pushing the envelope with a good day dream!

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