The Home of Your Dreams

Finding the Perfect Home

You are now ready and armed with your pre-qualification or pre-approval to find the home of your dreams with the help of your real estate agent.

It’s important to determine the type of home you’re looking for. Do you know the neighborhood where you'd like to live? What type of schools will your children be attending? Is local shopping important to you? Would you be comfortable in a condominium, a townhouse or even a pre-fabricated home? Discuss these considerations with your real estate agent, so they can find the best home for you.

To help your real estate agent with this process, make three lists: a need list, a do-not-want list and a dream list. Factor in your current housing needs, likes, dislikes and possible life changes in the future, such as more children, less children, parents moving in or out and other major events.

Your needs list may include:

  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Bath in the master bedroom
  • Separate dining room
  • Garage
  • Basement

Your do-not-want list may include:

  • Small bathrooms
  • No counter space
  • No windows in kitchen/bathroom
  • Tiny yard
  • Insufficient closet space
  • No garage

For your dream list, write down all the features you would love to have in your home, which may include:

  • Fireplace
  • Swimming pool with hot tub
  • Greenhouse
  • Breakfast nook
  • Two stories
  • Skylights