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July 24, 2015
Tuscaloosa Homes

Finding your Dream Home

Congratulations! You’ve been pre-approved and know your budget, so now it’s time for you to begin the quest of finding your dream home. Finding and buying your dream home seems like a daunting task on the surface, but it’s rather simple as long as you stay organized and clearly define your needs and wants.

Needs vs. Wants

House with pool

The first step to finding your dream home is defining needs versus wants. Make a list of home features you need, want and those that you don’t care about. Examples: You might want a fenced backyard, but if a home doesn’t have one, will that be a deal breaker? Do you NEED granite countertops in the kitchen, or can you live without them? Is being zoned for the best school zone more important than a swimming pool in the backyard? It’s all about what’s most important to you. Having a clearly defined list of needs and wants will reduce headache in the selection process.

Be specific with your needs

Home with a deck

Many of you want a “large” home or a “new” home, but how are those terms actually defined? What do you consider to be a large home? Is it 3,000 square feet or is it 6,000 square feet? What do you consider to be a new home? Was it just finished or built during the 90’s? Try to be as specific as possible when defining your needs.

Questions You Should Ask Yourself

Starting to think about that dream home? Awesome! The real estate experts at Advantage Realty Group have compiled a list of questions you should answer when embarking on your search for that perfect home!


What is my price range?

Do I want to make renovations?

Do I have enough budget to do renovations?

How long will renovations take?

How long will I make payments on this home?


Do I want to live in a suburb, city or in a rural area?

Which city do I want to be in/near?

Do I want a location near the highway?

Is this location too noisy at night?

Do I want to send my children to the nearby schools?



Do I need a house, townhouse or a condo?

Do I need a one-story, two-story home?

How many bedrooms do I need?

How many bathrooms does my home need?

Do I prefer hardwood or carpet floors?

Are granite countertops and stainless steel appliances important to me?


Special Features

Do I need a fence for my pets to be outside?

Do I have enough parking space?

Is the home and surrounding area well-lit at night?

Do I have home owner’s association fees?

Do I agree with the rules of the H.O.A.?

Now that you have gone through this list you can see that there is a great deal of information to put together when finding your dream home. It can be difficult to find a home that meets your criteria, but can be done with prioritizing and defining your wants and needs.  Our team of realtors will help you find a home that is perfect for you. We are trusted, proven winners when it comes to Northport and Tuscaloosa real estate and are determined to place you into a home that you will love. Contact Advantage Realty today and let’s find your dream home together!