"I'm FHA approved for 310,000. That's is my price range I can't go over it. Our must have's: 5 bedrooms 3 bathroom on suite with Jacuzzi, shower and double sink. All bedrooms with walk-in closets. A finished basement. An updated stainless-steel kitchen...front load washer and dryer. Central air and forced hot air heat. Wood floors throughout...some carpet is ok but must be like-new. 2 car garage. Must have low taxes. Pool. Good curb appeal and built no later than 1990. Must be completely remodeled and no further than 30 minutes from work. Seller must pay closing cost. I HAVE THREE WEEKS...."
Item's such as granite counters and stainless steel appliances are not considered ‘must haves.' Why? Because those are modifications you can make to any home you buy, and belong on your wish list. Those items can be added over time. View properties for their construction quality and keep an idea of what you can do to improve the property to your tastes...let me say that again - keep an idea of what YOU can do to improve the property later.
So, when it comes to making a choice between wish-list items, give more weight to the one that can’t be changed. The number one criterion when buying a home is to have realistic expectations and, of course, location. To avoid frustration and disappointment, be realistic about your 'must have' and 'nice to have' list.
P.S. It also takes about 6-8 weeks to "close" (take possession of) a home...so make sure you leave ample time to purchase your dream house...and make sure your use a local, experienced agent!
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