Do you believe in soulmates?
We’re not just asking because it’s Valentine’s Day and we’ve already watched three romantic comedies this week. Believe it or not, you can draw a lot of parallels between searching for your one true love and finding the ideal place to live. Think about it: you have a list of qualities you want, as well as things are that are complete dealbreakers. Not to mention, you never know what’s going to turn up in your online searches. The road to a perfect match can be a bumpy one, but like they say – you’ll “just know” when you find the right one.
While there isn’t technically a dating website for homebuyers, you can approach your search for a house in similar way you would for a partner. Here’s how:
1. Know what your “type” is
Just as in dating, everyone has a “type” of house they tend to fall for. Or at the very least, you know what you don’t like. When you’re driving through a neighborhood, which houses stick out to you? If you gravitate towards modern homes, don’t waste your time looking at rustic mountain retreats, and vice versa.
2. Use a matchmaker
When looking for a house, a Breckenridge real estate agent will get to know you and match you with properties that complement your lifestyle, hobbies, taste and budget. For example, if you aren’t into DIY projects, your agent can look for a new home with modern amenities. If you hit the slopes every day, your Realtor can narrow your options to homes with ski-in/ski-out access.
3. List your must-haves and dealbreakers
Even if it’s just in your head, we all have a list of qualities we look for in a potential mate, as well as quirks that definitely won’t fly. Must-haves can include things like a single-family home with three bedrooms, an attached garage, and a master suite. If you know you don’t want a fixer upper or to live on a busy street, list those, too.
4. Are you ready to commit?
Some people idealize buying a home, just as they do relationships, without really thinking about the level of commitment involved. If you can’t see yourself living in the same place for at least five years, it’s probably not the best idea to buy – yet. Otherwise, you’re going to take a hit financially. Not only do you pay closing costs every time you sell, you’re paying mostly interest, not the principal, on your mortgage until about five years in.
5. Trust your gut
There’s a lot of truth behind the notion of a “woman’s intuition.” Buying a home is a huge decision, and part of that decision should be based on how you feel. Just because a property appears great on paper doesn’t mean you have to sign on the dotted line. Pay attention to the vibe you get from a house and neighborhood and trust your gut.
6. Have realistic expectations
Anyone who has found her soulmate knows that no one is perfect. Sure, your partner probably hits most of the boxes on your must-have checklist, but he or she might also have some quirks you never thought you’d be attracted to. If you keep this in mind when searching for a place to live, you’ll be in a great position to find the home of your dreams.
Are you ready to buy your next home?
At Dwell Summit, we’d be thrilled to play “matchmaker” and pair you up with a property you’ll fall in love with. When you’re ready to begin your search, please contact us!