South Orange County Real Estate Buying a house Knowing your wants & needs

South Orange County Real Estate

Buying a house Knowing your wants & needs

Two things you need to consider when looking for South Orange County homes for sale: your NEEDS and your WANTS.  They’re two very distinctively different things.  First there is your needs.  You may need four bedrooms because of children, or you may need an office because you work from home. What you’ll find is your needs are fairly straight forward it’s the “wants” that take a little more thought.  Here is a list of NEEDS you should consider before looking for your home

  1.      General price range of home
  2.      Approximate size of home (in sq. footage)
  3.      General location, area, or subdivision
  4.      Number of bedrooms required
  5.      Number of bathrooms you need
  6.      Style and layout of home
  7.      School requirements or districts 

Second is your WANTS.  As I said the wants take a bit more thought!  A great way to get a handle on your wants is to start by looking at your present home.  What do you like about it?  Do you like the floor plan?  Do you like the kitchen and dining areas?  List out everything you like about your present home, or other homes you’ve visited.  Next take a look at what you dislike like about your current home.  Do you dislike the master bathroom because it doesn’t have a separate tub and shower or maybe your master bedroom because there is no walk in closet?  Maybe you want a gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.  Maybe you want a larger yard or maybe a smaller yard.  If you dislike something with your present home, you will probably dislike it with your new home.  So the better you can identify these items, the more likely you are to avoid them.  If you’re a husband and wife you will both understand what the other wants, and WHY they want it. I recommend you RANK each feature in terms of its importance to you and your spouse.  For example, a well designed gourmet kitchen (remember, list ALL the features of the kitchen you’re looking for) may rank high with a woman, while having a man cave may rank high with a man.  Trust me on this it will save a lot of stress and save you a lot of time and headaches.

Hope this helps you as you start your home buying process. I have been helping buyers and sellers with their South Orange County real estate needs since 1999, if you need any help please feel free to contact me.

Sherry Swift

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