This is another question that I get fairly frequently, especially from first-time buyers. There is no answer that is correct for everyone, but it's something you should definitely talk to your REALTOR® about as you start your search.
When you sit down with me before you look at your first homes, you probably have a basic idea of what you want; things like how many bedrooms or bathrooms, bungalow or 2-storey, and maybe which neighbourhood! But maybe not. Everyone starts at a different point, but my goal is to help you decide what's most important.
A part of my interview process with buyers includes some questions that are more difficult to answer than the "easy" ones above.
- How do you want to feel when you come home?
- What are your interests?
- Do you like gardening?
- Do you want to be able to walk downtown or do you want to be in the country?
- Is being close to shopping important?
- Do you want to be near a bike path, a gym, or the river/ocean?
- Do you want to be close to child care and schools?
- How close do you want to be to your in-laws?!
Some buyers are also interested in a particular style of home. Some of you are dead set against doing any lawn work, so maybe a townhouse or condo would suit your needs! Perhaps you like a lot of "character", then perhaps a century home would be right up your alley. Maybe you're social and living in a tight-knit suburb works for you.
You may hear from friends or family not to buy "the first house you see. Shop around; see as many as possible so you know you're making the right decision." Although this may not be terrible advice, don't let it stop you from doing what feels right. Often times, the more you see - especially if they are all similar properties - the more they get muddled in your brain. This process can be stressful, so if you find something you like, don't let it go!
Will you have that WOW feeling when you walk into a house? Maybe, maybe not. Does that mean it's not for you? Maybe, maybe not. There are so many factors to weigh when you're buying your home. But you don't have to do it alone. Your Realtor is a great resource, not just for looking at physical houses, but also to give you input on different neighbourhoods in your city/town or give you contact information for other professionals that you might need to help you make a decision.
You were probably looking for a direct answer to this question...unfortunately, I can't give it to you. Nobody can. You have to make the decision that fits best for your lifestyle, and take as much or as little time as you need. Just know that your Realtor should help you along the way, and there should not be any pressure to buy something you're not comfortable with.
Ask lots of questions. Ask your Realtor what questions you should being asking! We're here to look after your best interests, and there are no stupid questions.
Buying a new home is an exciting time so let me help you along the way to finding the one that suits you best!
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