Only a few things in life bring you greater joy than finally buying your dream home. Imagine the
very first day you open the door and walk in, filled with an intoxicating sense of coming home.
You go from room to room, ticking off the possibilities in the years ahead, the memories you
and this house will share.
You’re finally home.
But that’s not how the story unfolds for everyone. Many people’s dream homes stubbornly stay
out of reach, much to their confusion and dismay.
On closer look, however, the reasons why become clear. And understanding these reasons is
the first step anyone can take in the right direction.
If you’re among those who are frustrated or resigned to the possibility that you might never be
able to live in your dream home, take a deep breath, square those shoulders, and learn how
you can change your story.
1. Create a budget.
The realtor is not going to just hand you the keys to your dream home. The sale needs to
happen first. You pay, and then the deeds to the house are turned over to you.
The first thing you need to know is just how much your dream home costs.
Once you have the amount tattooed in your brain, you can proceed to build a budget around it.
When making your budget, consider the following:
Your annual earnings
Your monthly and annual expenses
This will tell you how much you have left.
If you have to borrow, creating a budget will help you keep track of the interest rates.
Be sure to factor into your budget any possible changes to your earnings and expenses in the
2. Evaluate your current circumstances.
When looking for your dream home, ask yourself practical, useful questions about your living
- Are you single or married?
- Do you have kids and/or pets?
- What geographic areas make sense for you to live for any commuting you may do?
The answers to these questions will help you decide the size and geographic area of the houses
you will be looking at. Fortunately, we live in a great region, with lots of options for all of these
lifestyles. These are also great discussion points for when you interview or choose your real
3. Identify your preferences.
Do you want to live close to nature? Do you want to live amid the never-ending bustle of a
vibrant big city? Close to work? Within a few blocks of family members whose company you
Or you could be one of those DIY types who intends to buy and then customize before they can finally embrace the house as their own. At Team Clancy, we also have a host of repair and improvement vendors we work with that could help you take your home from lackluster to
blockbuster! This is all a part of our concierge approach to real estate.
Go ahead, start that all-important list.
4. Get in touch with an agent.
Now that you know what you want, the next step that takes you closer to your dream home is
to contact a real estate agent in your preferred neighborhood, city, or zip code.
Find an agent you’re comfortable with. Once you’ve started talking to one, the search for your
dream house gets much easier.
Go house sighting with your agent to identify which ones get your heart racing.
When you find a house you like, arrange a visit to inspect the property and ensure that
everything is in order.
Buying your dream house is achievable once you know what you need to do to get it, the right
steps to take to finally arrive at your own front door.
Sit down, make a budget, get clear on the type of home you want, and get in touch with an
Contact us if you need any help. We would love to help you out.