Separate your “wants,” “needs,” and “must-haves.”

We all have our wish lists. Making that list is one of the best first exercises in buying a home. Go for it. Write down everything under the sun that appeals to you in a home. Check out open houses. Read home and decorating magazines. Visit home design centers. Now refine your list. Separate your “needs” from the “wants.” Ask yourself what is a “must-have,” and what is a “nice to have.” As you go about home shopping, keep the list handy. Often we find our first-time buyers are continually editing their wish list as they learn more about homes for sale in today’s market. When you find the right home for you, you may not even have to consult the list. You’ll know. This is the first home that’s right for you. Happy home finding!

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