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Know Your Housing Needs & Wants

Make sure that home you plan to buy is going to fulfill most of your housing needs. Good home should also satisfy many of your housing wants. Your new home should be affordable, well located, have good resale potential and should be structurally sound.

When looking at a home, it is important to consider the number of people it must accommodate and the things they like to do. Even though your individual circumstances will ultimately govern your housing choices, it is possible to generalize and draw some conclusions about what you need now and what you will probably need in the future.

Start by creating a prioritized list of features you want in your next home and the reasons why. Make sure that you know which features are essential and which are negotiable. It is a good idea to sit down with your family members in order to make a complete list of all the things each of you would like in your new property.

When determining your housing needs, use list of features as your search guide, but remember that your home should be the one that  you and your family can afford now and that will meet your needs for the next few years. you should also consider health and age of your household members. Try to be realistic and honest about what you're looking for.

If you are using professional help, make sure your real estate representative keeps a copy of your list to help prescreen the houses you'll look at.

Your list of features should be revised as you look at houses and see what is available in your price range and preferred location.

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