Turning a house into a home is no easy feat. Luckily, the folks at Rocket Mortgage are here to help you every step of the way—starting with their personalized loan options to help you get a mortgage that fits your family and budget. What’s more, we’re teaming up to bring you continued inspiration to finish off the process in our “No Place Like Home” series. Let’s get started.
Buying a home is no joke—with so many factors to consider, it’s easy to get carried away and confused between what you absolutely need versus what you just might want. You obviously can’t go above a certain price point, but besides that, what are the other important features when it comes to buying your forever home? “There’s a big difference between wants and needs, so create two different lists when searching for a home,” says Amanda Pendleton, Zillow Home Trends Expert. “For instance, a shorter commute may be a must-have, but smart home features are a nice-to-have. Practicality and functionality should always take priority over the bells and whistles.”
But with everything you can choose from, it can be hard to figure out your absolute deal breakers. Below, real estate experts share the first things to look for when buying a home today, to help make that search just a little bit easier.