One of the very first things that I do with a potential home buyer is make an appointment to sit down and see where they are in the process and to figure out their wants and needs. I usually take a very low tech approach to the wants and needs list, I just give them a sheet of paper and have them write down what they need in a home and then next to it write what they want in the home.
One of the largest issues that I have noticed over and over again is that many buyers want a lot of square footage. This is simply a mindset sort of thing, but for one reason or another, I have seen many buyers that felt they really needed a lot fo space in their first home. Well, most of them are living just fine in a one bedroom apartment, so why on Earth do you need four bedrooms and a bonus room for two people, just because you are buying a home?
The fact of the matter is that almost everyone would love to have that huge castle on the hill, but that's the fairy tale that we've been fed and it's not practical. If you are living alone, or if there are just a couple of people, then the 3,000 square feet and six bedrooms is a little overkill don't you think?
The other major issue with this mentality when buying a home is that it normally puts the buyer at or at least very close to the top of their price range. It's never good to do this, because it can create a huge burden and make you what we like to call "house broke." That basically means that you can afford your home, but not much else and you're better off just getting what you need in a home and living comfortable. Plus if anything happens, you will be able to carry a lesser mortgage easier than the large one at the top of your range.
So while it would be fun, you don't really need that book store, Bistro, or gift shop in your home. Sure they're neat, but you're much better off keeping it realistic.
JL Boney, III - Columbia, SC Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
I specialize in Columbia, SC real estate and the surrounding areas, including Blythewood, SC, Kershaw County, Fairfield County, and Lexington, SC. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in Columbia, SC or any of the surrounding areas, I would love the opportunity to speak with to see how I can help. Thanks for reading and feel free to contact me if I can be of service to you.
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