Once you establish a realistic set of expectations, find the best buyers agent you can that knows your chosen area.
Melissa Mancini, Realtor, CBR, GRI
Lets face it, there are lots of homes we would all love to live in... But it is important to be realistic in choosing a home that will not stretch your budget too far. Most lending institutions will not allow you to do that anyway.
As I suggest to all my prospective homebuyers, the home should be the best home you can find within your price range. Sometimes, you will need to view multiple homes before deciding what's right for you. And at other times you can fall in love at first sight, and that's OK too. I explain to my homebuyers, the home has to shout out at you, "Hey, I am the one."
If the home doesn't really do this, then it doesn't matter:
how the home is heated
whether it has CAC or CVAC
what the school district is
whether the basement is finished or not
the age of the roof, windows, bath(s) and kitchen and house
is the house on a busy street
how the price compares to comparable homes in the area
whether there is a C/O for that addition
I could go on and on and on and on...
The rule of thumb is: What works best for you.
Note: liking the house and the price is what attracts most of my clients to a certain property, the reality check sets in;
The extra work you will have to do to the property after you move in, Also your furniture placement; will it fit in this or that room, How much will it be worth in a few years ffrom now? (will you double your money or just break even!)