As a Realtor working with clients on a daily basis, I see numerous homes and this article reminded me there is no perfect home. All homes have flaws. Some you can deal with; others are deal breakers.
But isn’t compromise a sell-out suggesting a lack of discipline? On the contrary, a willingness to consider both the positive and negative features of a home and weigh their relative importance is essential. When looking for a home in any price range I can guarantee there will be something about each that you will find less than ideal.
So as a homebuyer, you are going to have to settle. The key is to know which imperfections are mere nuisances and which are fatal flaws. Particularly when purchasing your first home, emotions are running high. You are going from zero to something, and you have to start somewhere, so you may be more inclined to overlook a few negatives. But, you are also going to have to live in that “somewhere,” so it is critical to make sure that while you aren’t sweating the small stuff, you are recognizing the truly important things.
A home’s shortcomings can be categorized as either “important” or “not so much.” The key is in making the distinction.
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