At any given moment, there are millions of homes for sale nationwide.

With so many homes from which to choose, it’s no wonder that finding the “best house” can be a challenge.

However, for home buyers who take the time to think about what they want in a home — what they really want — shopping for the right home can be much simpler.

The key is to keep your interests top-of-mind throughout the home-buying process.

Make a list of the features that you require in a home — and those features you could do without — before beginning your search.

  • When you decide how much home you can afford, use a mortgage calculator to determine a reasonable purchase price, then connect with a lender, who can tell you whether you could be approved for that price. Knowing your price range will help narrow your search.
  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need for your family? Are the shared spaces (kitchen, living room, dining room) big enough?
  • It’s important to evaluate if a neighborhood is right for you and your family. Will your commute to work or school be reasonable? Is the neighborhood walkable? Does the school system meet your needs?
  • Type of Home.Determine what type of home is right for your needs. For example, a condo or townhouse may be a good choice if you don’t like yard work.



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