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Assessing Your Wants & Needs

The following questions are designed to help you think through your search, and if you're buying with a partner, align your goals.

General

  • How long have you lived in your present home?

  • What do you like most about where you live now? What don’t you like?

  • What is your primary motivation for buying a home now?

  • How long do you plan to live in your new home?

  • How many people will be living in your new home? 

  • Do you have or plan to get any pets?

 

Timing

  • When do you want to be in your new home?

  • Do you have a deadline by which you must move?

  • Do you have a home you need to sell? Are you currently on a lease?

 

Financing

  • What price range are you targeting for your new home?

  • What would you like to pay monthly, including condo fees if applicable?

  • Have you already been pre-approved for a mortgage? If so, by whom?

 

Location

  • What towns/neighborhoods are you considering?

  • What is it about these areas that appeals to you?

  • Would you consider other areas that have these same qualities?

  • Where do you work? How do you get there?

  • How important is access to public transportation?

  • What else is important to you regarding location? (e.g., privacy, walkability, access to highways, proximity to shops and entertainment, schools, etc.)

 

Home Features

  • Are you looking for a condo/town house/single-family/multi-family?

  • If you're looking for a condo, do you prefer a certain building type? Number of units?

  • What is the minimum number of bedrooms you will consider? Minimum bathrooms?

  • How important is off-street parking? How important is outdoor space?

  • What does your dream home look like?

  • What are your five most important features? Which of these are absolute requirements?

  • Are there any deal-breakers that I should keep in mind?

  • Are you looking for move-in ready or willing to do some work? 

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