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By Brandi Ostwald | Agent in Bozeman, MT

The Trials and Tribulation of House Hunting:

House Hunting

Spring is fast coming here in Bozeman, Montana (you can tell me the 7 degree mornings versus the sub-zero winter dawns). With spring flowers bloom a whole new excited population of home buyers who hit the street to go house hunting for their perfect home.  In a current article I read, the author compared house hunting to dating and I think the comparison is relevant.


  • Take your time. This is easy to know, but once you start seeing all the options, the process can get overwhelming quickly. Breathe. Look at the next option. Breathe. Look again.
  • Understand the ‘must-haves’ versus the ‘would be nice to haves’. Everyone has a list of desired features of a house. The difference is that some are needs and others are wants.
  • Make a list of what things have worked for you. Just like a pro-con list, write down the features of a home you have lived in and want again. Guessing at what you may like is not as secure of a bet as knowing. Basing a checklist of off your living experience is a great outline you can evaluate potential homes against.
  • Understand there is instant attraction AND the growing affection factor.  How many times you visit a home will tell you how the house wears on your sensibilities. Viewing it at a few different times of day, in different weather, and even in different light can all impact the livability of a home! The neighborhood plays into dynamic too. How busy is a street during rush hour versus when school gets out?

Remember, courtship doesn't have to last forever. Just as with romance, "the good ones will be gone if you wait too long!" So put a ring on... or rather, put an offer on that house!

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