Finding the perfect home is similar to trying to find the "perfect" man or woman. It doesn't exist. The real question is "What is the perfect home for you?" Every person and family has a different definition of the perfect home. You should start with some self inquiry to determine your needs and concept of a perfect home. What do you love and hate about your current living situation? What are some must-haves, specifics that you just can't live without? What would your home look like if money, location & obligations were not a factor? Can you find some of these items in whatever area you are looking and price point that is realistic? Fill out my Home Buyers Brainstorming Questionnaire to get yourself started.
Be honest. Is there is something that you think that you would love but is unrealistic? Try to determine what it is about that specific idea that you find appealing. For instance people sometimes think that they want to live far removed from busy areas but once they live there they are miserable or it just won't work for their lifestyle. What is the draw to live far away? Is it privacy, living off the land or amazing views? Can you find some of what you desire right in town? Most areas have little pockets of privacy that are close in to more populated areas. Sonoma County is a great example with tons of sweet little areas like this. I was able to find 3/4 of an acre that feels remote but is actually just minutes from a Starbucks! With young kids, living closer in works so much better for us but we feel very secluded. You can find just the thing to satisfy your greatest desires if you are clear on what you need.
Think BIG but then narrow it down to the necessities and non-negotiables. You may want a pool, a workshop, or be close to the SMART train. Which of these items are must haves? Which are deal breakers. If you love everything else about a house could you put in the pool? Build a workshop? Only you can decide. Location is often the most important factor. You can change a lot about a home but you can not change where it is located! Make a list and refer to it often as you are looking for a home, this will keep you on track to finding a home that you will love for many years to come.
Heather Thurber is a Sonoma County native with a strong love for and knowledge of the local area. Running her family business for years, Paperbacks Unlimited, has given her extensive experience that she now brings to the real estate industry. She is highly skilled at working one-on-one with clients and will guide you through every step of the process, helping to make your path home as smooth and stress free as possible. A home purchase is often the largest purchase you will make in your life and Heather is 100% committed to providing excellent service and supporting you to make your best real estate decisions with confidence and clarity.