Daydreaming About Your Perfect Home? Know What You WANT vs. What You NEED

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In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search.

在現在這個能夠在任何地方購買任何東西的時代,在你開始尋找房屋時,徹底了解你要的是什麼是非常重要的。

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with a list of things that you’d LOVE to have in your new home. Many new homebuyers fantasize about the amenities that they see on television or Pinterest, and start looking at the countless homes listed for sale through rose-colored glasses.

如果你一直想買一個屬於自己的家,可能已經有個列表,列出了你希望新家擁有的條件。許多新買家想像他們在電視或Pinterest上看到的房屋,並開始透過玫瑰色的眼鏡看了無數的出售屋。

Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen in order to be happy with your home choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Could the ‘man cave’ of your dreams be a future renovation project instead of a make-or-break right now?

你真的需要大型廚房水槽才會開心的住在新家嗎?兩車車庫是方便還是必要的?你夢想中的“男人專屬空間”是否是個未來的改建項目,而不是現在必須的?

The first step in your home buying process should be to get pre-approved for your mortgage. This allows you to know your budget before you fall in love with a home that is way outside of it.

在房屋購買過程的第一步應該是先取得房貸預先批准,這可以讓你在愛上一棟完全無法能夠負擔的房屋之前,先清楚知道自己的預算。

The next step is to list all the features of a home that you would like, and to qualify them as follows:

下一步是列出所有你想要的房屋條件,並將它們歸類如下:

  • ‘Must Haves’ – if this property does not have these items, then it shouldn’t even be considered. (ex: distance from work or family, number of bedrooms/bathrooms)
    ‘必須要有的’ – 如果房屋沒有這些條件,完全不需要考慮。(例如:距離工作或家人的距離,幾間臥室/浴室)
  • ‘Should Haves’ – if the property hits all of the ‘must haves’ and some of the ‘should haves,’ it stays in contention but does not need to have all of these features.
    ‘應該要有的’ – 如果一棟房屋有了‘必須要有的’,也有了其中一些‘應該要有的’,那麼應該持續考慮這棟房屋,不需要要求一定要有所有‘應該要有的’。
  • ‘Absolute Wish List’ – if we find a property in our budget that has all of the ‘must haves,’ most of the ‘should haves,’ and ANY of these, it’s the winner!
    ‘絕對願望清單’ – 如果在我們的預算中能找到一棟房屋,擁有所有‘必須要有的’,大部分‘應該要有的’,和任何在願望清單中的,那麼這棟房子就是贏家!

Bottom Line
結論

Having this list flushed out before starting your search will save you time and frustration, while also letting your agent know what features are most important to you before starting to show you houses in your desired area.

在開始搜索房屋之前就先列出這份清單,將節省你的時間和挫敗,同時也讓你的房仲在開始帶你看屋之前,知道哪些條件對你是最重要的。

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