Jeff’s Carlsbad Blog for First Time Home Buyers


What Will YOU Trade Off When Buying Your First Home?

Posted in What do I Buy? by Jeff Dowler on February 21, 2008
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You, like most folks who are buying a home, likely have a wish list of some sort of all the things you want in your new home and neighborhood.

Perhaps you have even written out the list.

But if I were to ask you what are you looking for, you could probably give me a list. And even tell me which things are most important vs. those that are less critical.

Going through the process of finding the right home is a challenge, and it is not always dependent on your price range. Everyone wants certain things, no matter what the budget. Most of the time there will be some “wants” you must be willing to sacrifice:

  • your budget may not permit buying in a certain location
  • the home that has the room you want has no yard
  • you found a property with a great view but one less bedroom.
  • all the properties in your price range in the community you want are condos, not detached homes

Be prepared to give up some things to buy a home that meets most of your needs, otherwise you will probably look forever and never be satisfied. And give serious thought to WHAT you are willing to trade off when buying your first home. It’s a little like those baseball trading cards.

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