One of my friends was recently shocked to learn I had not joined the Pinterest craze. She showed me how she is using the social networking website to save and make plans for her future house (she’s a newlywed). It’s a board full of features, paint colors, design ideas and furniture that she is saving for the house that she hopes to one day build with her husband.
I love the idea and it’s a great way for her to collect all her thoughts in one place and begin to analyze what they want and need in their future home. Whether they buy or build, I have no doubt they will spend less time designing or shopping for their home because they are already making a list and zeroing in on the features they must have, would like to have, definitely don’t want and would prefer not to have.
If you, like them, are planning to buy a house in the future, the following are a few questions you might ask yourself:
What is our ideal price?
How many bedrooms do we want?
How many bathrooms?
How big of a garage do we want (how many cars, boats, tools)?
Do we want a big or small lot?
How much yard work do you want to do on an ongoing basis?
Do we want a formal dining room?
What is our personal style?
Do we entertain a lot and need space for entertaining large groups?
Do we want a pool?
Do we prefer a level lot?
What features do we want and not want in our home?
The National Association of REALTORS® has also put together a worksheet you can use to begin compiling the things you do or do not want in your next house. The list can be found on the Arkansas REALTORS® Association website at www.ArkansasRealtors.com under the “housing resources” tab.
On our website you will also find information on how to choose a Realtor, information on the important differences between a REALTOR® and a real estate agent and a link to help you find a REALTOR® in your area.
House to House is written by Amy Glover Bryant, APR and distributed weekly by the Arkansas REALTORS® Association. To learn more or for more information on homeownership, visit the Association’s website at www.ArkansasRealtors.com.