How do you find the home of your dreams within a price range you can afford?
Most buyers start by making a "wish list". But it's easy to get frustrated when you have a long wish list and expect you'll be able to find a home with every one of those features. You might, for example, have "mature backyard tree" as number 23 on your list, and become disappointed when an otherwise ideal property doesn't have one.
But when you really think about it, your ideal home probably comes down to just three or four core characteristics. For example:
- Nice, safe, family-oriented neighbourhood.
- Good-sized backyard.
- Four bedrooms and two baths.
Sure, there might be other features you were hoping for, such as "move in ready", or that big tree, but…