Home Buying: Play Twenty Questions with YourselfJuly 17, 2012
Getting to Know Yourself
It helps to approach this practice as though you are being reintroduced to yourself, as though you are on a first date with… you. Rather than trying to envision how you could alter your life to fit a certain space, try to envision the way your life looks right now and find a space conducive to that lifestyle. Ask yourself where you work, if you travel, whether or not you exercise and if so, how. Are you a handy-man? Would you like to own a yard, either private or non-fenced? Are you leaving enough room in your budget for those “one-day” aspirations? For example, don’t pick a home without sidewalks if you’re an avid runner, or get under a mortgage that has you so over-stretched that you can only furnish your gorgeous home with tattered consignment couches. Set priorities, criteria and goals as you go until you end up with a specific, refined purpose. Once you have done this, locating the right property will be a matter of strategy, patience and good fortune.