“The guy who invented the wheel was an idiot.

The guy who invented the other three, he was

a genius.”

Sid Caesar

“We should learn from the mistakes of others.

We don’t have time to make them all ourselves.”

Julius Henry “Groucho“ Marx

“Trust your intuition, it’s just like going fishin.”

Paul Simon

When you’re shopping for a new home, it’s a good idea to

create a checklist of what you want and what you need. It

keeps you on track to ultimately find the property that best

fits your requirements — and those of your family.

However, there’s a big difference between want and need

that is important to understand when house hunting. A

‘need’ refers to a feature that is an absolute must in a new

home. A ‘want’, by contrast, is a ‘nice-to-have’.

Some home buyers make the mistake of choosing a ‘want’

at the expense of a ‘need’.

For example, say you ‘need’ four bedrooms in your new

home but ‘want’ a golf course located nearby. It can be

tempting to fall in love with a property that has a beautiful

golf green just a couple of blocks away, even if it has only

three bedrooms. You may find yourself signing the offer

while dreaming of Saturday morning tee-offs, only to

awake to the realization months later that the lack of an

extra bedroom has become a serious inconvenience to you

and your family.

Of course it is possible to get most, if not all, of what you

need and want in a new home. Especially if you work with

a good REALTOR

usually a good idea not to sacrifice something you really

need in order to get something you want.

So when you’re making your house hunting checklist, be

clear about what is a need-to-have and what is a


Don’t forget that some features you want — like a wraparound

backyard deck, for example — can potentially be

added to your new home later.

Want more tips for getting what you need and want in a

new home? Call today.

Even seasoned home buyers can make

the mistake of underestimating, or

even forgetting about, closing costs.

These are fees and other expenses

associated with the transaction that

becomes due on closing day.

Closing costs vary from one

jurisdiction to another and can include

moving expenses, legal fees and

disbursements, utilities hook-up,

lender’s fees, land transfer taxes

and more.


estimate the closing costs for the kind

of property you plan to purchase, so

you can budget accordingly.

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Not intended to cause or induce the breach of, cancellation of, assignment of, or to interfere in any way with the existing agency agreement of another Realtor.

George Carroll

George Carroll

CENTURY 21 River-Valley Realty Ltd.
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