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Staying Focused in Your Search for a New Home

by Ann Fotenakes 09/11/2018

Whether you're looking for your first house or getting ready to relocate for the fifth time, house hunting can wear you down after a while!

Not only can it be difficult to coordinate real estate appointments with work obligations and the demands of parenthood, but your stress level is compounded if you're on any kind of time table or deadline.

The secret to survival is to maintain a positive attitude, do your best to remain solution oriented, and work with a proactive real estate agent. A seasoned real estate agent who is familiar with the local market and is skilled at matching client needs to available housing inventory in the area can be your most valuable resource.

Know What You Want

One of the primary ways you can help your agent find your ideal home is to give a lot of thought to exactly what you want. When you're clear in your own mind about what would satisfy you, in terms of location, architectural style, and property size, then it will be a lot easier to refine your search and stay on target. Not only will that help your real estate agent match your specifications to available listings, but it will also help you recognize your ideal house when you see it.

A good starting point is to have a checklist of priorities, essential property features, and preferences that are important to you, your spouse, and your children. Deciding on must-have features as early in the process as possible can provide you with needed focus and momentum as you compare houses and view real estate listings. Although nothing is "carved in stone" and you can always revise your priority list, it can be a valuable tool for both you and your agent.

While everyone has different needs and wish lists, items to give some thought to may include a finished basement, a working fireplace, a two-car garage, a patio or deck, a screened in porch, a spacious back yard, a storage shed, outdoor security lighting, a sufficient number of bedrooms and bathrooms to accommodate your immediate family and overnight guests, an abundance of storage space, short commutes to work, and proximity to shopping, essential services, and a well-rated school district.

Some couples have specific architectural styles in mind when they go house hunting, such as Colonial, Contemporary, Craftsman, Tudor, Victorian, and Art Deco. It's also helpful to have a clear idea, and hopefully be in agreement with your partner, about how much decorating, renovating, and fixing up you're willing, ready, and able to do. Knowing how much privacy you must have, the peace and quiet you expect, and the recreational facilities you want access to are other key elements of "the big picture."

Although the biggest hurdle may be staying motivated and optimistic in the face of temporary setbacks and discouragements, when you have a clear idea of what you want and an attitude of positive expectation, you'll be surprised at what you can accomplish!

About the Author

Author
Ann Fotenakes

Personal experience and education have made me a great relocation specialist as well.

I understand what is important and necessary to make your move as stress-free and timely as possible. I am active in my community and can provide information not only on our housing market, but on schools, youth athletics and community activities.

PERSONAL
I have been a Flushing resident for over 25 years, and I have made it my job to find homes here for others as well as helping people who wish to sell homes in the area.

I graduated from Mid Michigan with a L.P.N. degree.

As a full-time real estate professional since 1979 I have helped many clients with the sale and purchase of their homes.

Because the real estate industry is becoming more sophisticated and challenging every day, you need a professional who understands the market and is positioned to stay ahead of the game. With knowledge, experience and a commitment to excellence, I will help you stay ahead of the game.

CERTIFICATIONS:

Broker/Owner
ABR - Accredited Buyer's Representative
Member of Flint Area Association of Realtors (FAAR)
Member of the Flint Chamber of Commerce
Sales and Marketing
L.P.N.