Some buyers do not have a clear picture of what they want, and in a “buyer's market”, where there are literally thousands of available homes, they can get confused and frustrated quite easily. In a "Seller's Market", there can be limited amount of choices so taking into consideration what you need versus what you want is important so as to not settle for a home that is not the proper fit for you. I recommend that you sit down, draw three columns and write down your preferences, criteria and tastes, and rank them in priority, for example:
|CRITERIA||NEED (must have)||WANT (would prefer)||Rank|
|Excellent Schools||JB Edwards or MP Academy||Buist Academy||1|
|3-bedrooms||X||Bonus Room or FROG||1|
|Commute Time to Downtown||Max. 50 min.||Less than 20 min.||2|
|Size (sq. ft.)||Min. 2,000 sq. ft.||2500-3500 sq. ft.||2|
NOTE: If there is more than one decision maker, make sure you all agree on at least the NEEDS column. It is important that you share these criteria and priorities with your REALTOR, to help him/her give you better selection of properties and provide better advice.