Findings the perfect home to buy can be a very exciting process full of ups and downs, and twists and turns. Whenever possible, you should enlist the help of professionals such as a licensed real estate agent to assist you with this process. Whether this is your first home, your fifth home, or something in between, a licensed professional will be invaluable to you.


Before you start looking at homes, you need to assess your financial situation and determine the price range of homes that fit your budget. Knowing your price range ahead of time can save you a lot of heart ache in the end. If you assume that your budget is $400,000 and you start looking at homes in that price range, and then later discover that you are qualified for $300,000, you will most likely have a difficult time finding a home that you love. Make sure you know your financial situation before you ever look at your first home.


Tell your real estate agent exactly what you’re looking for. Be specific when you are describing what you must have to your agent. For example, if you must have at least three bedrooms and two full bathrooms, make sure your agent understands your requirements. Also let your agent know specific items that you would love to have in your dream home. For example, if you would love to have granite counter-tops in the kitchen but in reality you would also accept any well kept, attractive counter-tops, let your agent know.


If your agent discovers a home that looks perfect for you, with the exception of the style of counter-tops, your agent may discard that home simply because it does not meet your expectations on that one feature. You certainly wouldn’t want anything like that to happen.


In that light, if your agent shows you a home that does not specifically meet your list of requirements, do your best to look at the house with an open mind. You may find that you don’t truly need to have a breakfast nook in the kitchen, or a screened-in porch or some other feature that you originally thought was a must-have.


When looking at homes for sale, make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing and are not too tired or hungry. If your feet hurt or you are starving, you will tend to rush through a home and not really look at it because you are too distracted by your own discomfort. If you are not feeling your best, it is probably a wise idea to reschedule your home search for another time.


If you have the time, don’t schedule more than 4 to 6 appointments in one day. After the first few homes, the features start to blend together and you will lose track of what each specific house actually looked like.


After you exit each house, jot down on a piece of paper a few keynotes about that house so that you can recall more detail later on. Make sure you note any features that you really loved about that home as well as anything that you did not like. When you’re done for the day you will be able to compare your notes and easily decide which home, or homes, you would like to revisit. Your perfect house is out there, it’s just a question of finding it!

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Ivan Madrigal #exitosoivan #ticomagnate a costarican, meaning that I live in Costa Rica. Graduated as an industrial engineer and later worked for my father businesses before having the great opportunity to have a small internship in England, at the company Vinten Broadcast that manufactures equipment for the broadcasting industry. After that I decided to learn another language and tried French. However the unstable labor market here forced me to try other career paths like sales and marketing, which I now self-study or implement. Also developed more experience in Customer Service at several Call centers like at IBM Business Transformation, working as Payroll manager for a company that downsized me, named Dana Corporation... later at Fujitsu, where its big account BellSouth, moved to other country.. and finally Hewlett Packard within their biggest account: Pfizer. Because I didn't want to miss my experience at UK dealing with broadcasting, I studied this career at INA which graduates high level technicians for Central America. Nevertheless, I am trying to make multinational companies recognize my degrees, and get in a position were I can be more productive and creative. But the truth, the best way to show my potential is by owning my business and create presence by networking with people. That´s why I am here, because I need to move on, leave my country for many years, and challenge my skills using new languages that I can learn gradually. There seems to be many obstacles for me to achieve this, but I will deal with this using time management and other tools. I wonder, when will be the time when I recover completly from my motorcycle accident and win the trial, before walking normally with a cane and finally dance... dance with the wolves. The wolves that are in MySpace and Facebook, for example, where I am profiled.