Currently, I’m in the market for a primary home residence.
Of course, when it comes to home buying, there’s the mechanics of getting preapproved, applying for a loan, and doing all the paper work stuff.
But I want to check, in terms of deciding the pull the trigger, how important is the factor that you make sure that the property(for primary residence) you are buying is something YOU actually love and enjoy, NOT what your agent tells you what you should buy.
When I bought my first primary residence many years ago, the one lesson I still painfully keep in mind is that I caved in to what my agent said would be a “good investment” and what everyone else was buying, but did not buy a home that I actually liked.
Now, I’ve been fortunate enough to be in a position of going through the process again, I feel that it’s imperative that I buy something that:
1) I feel comfortable with the area
2) I like the neighboorhood, location, commute, zoning etc
3) I like the actual home, for example, surrounded by many trees or no greens, quietness, etc
4) The X-factor. Like, things that you can’t put your finger on but make the home feel “special”, “unique” and “desirable” to you and makes you like and enjoy it. There are homes that “look good on paper” but when I’m in there I just don’t “feel” or “want” it and there’s no special connection. Instead, buy something that resonates with you.
What do you guys think? Of course, use your agent as a sound board because they are there to help, but in the end, you are the one making the decision (and it’s a big one) and you need to make sure you can come to terms with what you are doing.