Buying a Home – What’s Your Ideal Home Look Like

As an expert in real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area, I can help guide you on the entire buying process. This may be daunting and you may have many questions, but the buying process should never be rushed. Buying a home is a significant investment, and careful consideration should be made for each decision.

Couple looking for a home

Congratulations! Buying a home and property is an exciting process to go through. Now that you’ve made the decision to buy a property, there are some first steps required for us to get started. Once you have completed a prequalification, I can walk you through a property checklist which will help me determine what your needs and priorities are. I’ll also help outline what the entire process looks like and answer any questions you might have.

Let’s Go Find You A Home

As an expert in real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area, I can help guide you on the entire buying process. This may be daunting and you may have many questions, but the buying process should never be rushed. Buying a home is a significant investment, and careful consideration should be made for each decision. For example, which neighborhoods are right for you and what types of homes are currently available on the market.

Making a Home Buying List

The first step of the process is to describe what your needs and priorities are. In order to achieve this, I would recommend starting out with creating two lists:

  1. Describe what your ideal home looks like: Example factors: Does it have a two car garage? Is it new construction? How many bedrooms does the home have? Bathrooms? Pained windows? Nearby schools? Quiet neighbourhood?
  2. Now make a list of all the must haves in your home based on your priorities: Example factors: Do you absolutely need a garage? Are three bedrooms the minimum? Stainless steel kitchen for cooking? Need an extra office for work?

Bonus Home Items

You should also write down all the bonuses you would like in case the right home comes along. For example, a pool might be a bonus but it won’t make or break your buying decision. Many of these factors will be blended together as you go through the home buying process. This is a natural process which will become clear to you once you’ve figured out what your needs and priorities are. For example, a stainless steel kitchen might not be a priority compared to adding an extra bedroom for your family. Or a double car garage might come second to having an office for when you need to work from home.

You’ll start noticing these priorities when you start viewing your first potential homes. When on these first viewings, make sure that you take good notes and lots of photographs of the home. You’ll be visiting many homes and it’s easy to get them mixed up.

As your realtor, I will help you with providing all the necessary information which you will need to make an informed decision. I’ll also provide additional information catered to your own needs and help you figure out what your priorities are when making a home buying decision. The last piece of advice I have is that when you are going through the home buying process, it is important not to let your emotions make the final decision. This is an exciting process which should not be rushed.