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Fit To Buy
Buying a home is one of the most exciting — and important — moments of your life. Your home is not just the roof over your head, where you live, eat, sleep, play, and raise a family; it’s also one of the most important investments you’ll ever make.

RE/MAX has created a program to assist you through the home buying process.Fit To Buy is a comprehensive guide to buying property that includes an e-book, videos and checklists.



Own It! Separating Wants from Needs

The home that's right for you will have everything you need, and most of what you want. Here's how to tell the difference.



What do you need from your home? Remember, key word here is "need." A need should always trump a want when it comes to big decisions in life. Agree? Take a look at the list to help you find the right attitude when looking for your next home.
  1. Make a list
    Make a list with two columns - wants versus needs. Your needs should include things like location, school districts, neighborhood, your budget, number of bedrooms, features and amenities, plumbing and electrical that are updated, lot size, number of garage spaces, HOAs and Covenants. Wants may include nonessentials such as the specific style of the home, a newer furnace and hot water heater, remodeled kitchen or baths, deck, pool, hot tub, flooring material, fireplace or wood stove, newer windows and/or landscaping.
  2. Consult with other family members
    If you're purchasing a home for more people than just yourself, consult with other family members to further define your wants versus needs. A larger kitchen may be important to your spouse, whereas your son or daughter may need extra closet space due to hobbies or interests. Consider how you want your family to live in your home. Believe it or not, studies have shown that square footage and the floor plan of your home can affect your relationships. Bouncing thoughts and ideas off one another can be very helpful in determining your wants and needs.
  3. Consider tomorrow
    Consider how long you may plan to stay in your next home. That in itself can determine your wants and needs. If you are planning to stay short term in your home, its location, value and neighborhood will be important, as will current market activity.

    If you are planning to stay in your next home longer than five years, think about upcoming life changes. Are you planning to expand your family? Will you be needing an extra room to accommodate an aging parent? Will you need a generous lot for a future home addition? Is remodeling certain features in your budget?
  4. Compromise and trade-offs
    The home shopping and purchasing experience can be exhausting. However, being realistic will ease your mind and reduce your stress. We have been suffocated by the pressure to live a life that tells us we need certain things to be happy. Avoid the noise. Ask yourself: What makes you happy? If having a large kitchen brings you joy so you can cook for family and friends, make that a need. But be okay to let go of a large backyard if you live in a state where mosquitoes and rain dominate your summers. Spend time defining your lifestyle and what you could forgo in order to be happy in your home.


  5. Keep these perspectives in mind when defining the wants versus needs of your home and you'll be sure to find a home you love!

    Click here to download our Fit to Buy e-book. It provides you with valuable tools to help walk through every step of the home buying process.

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    A to Z Costs associated with Buying a House

    From deposits to moving expenses, and everything in between, buying your first home involves more than just saving for a down payment. That may be the largest cost, but there are other things you'll need to plan and budget for. Watch this clip to help note some of the upcoming expenses.



    Selecting A Right Buyer Agent

    Selecting the right real estate agent is critical to having a successful home buying experience. Not only is your agent a licensed professional who understands the home buying process, they have in-depth knowledge and deeper access to current market conditions.