Buyers • November 13, 2023

From Dreams to Keys: Mastering the Art of Prioritization in Your Home Search

Prioritizing needs and wants for a first-time home buyer is crucial to ensure that you make informed decisions and stay within your budget. Here’s a general guide to help you prioritize:


  1. Budget:
    • Determine a realistic budget based on your financial situation. Consider factors like down payment, monthly mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, and maintenance costs.
  2. Location:
    • Choose a neighborhood that aligns with your lifestyle and preferences. Consider proximity to work, schools, public transportation, and amenities.
  3. Size and Layout:
    • Determine the minimum number of bedrooms and bathrooms that your household needs. Consider the layout of the house to ensure it meets your practical needs.
  4. Condition of the Property:
    • Ensure that the home is in good structural condition. Look for potential issues with the roof, foundation, plumbing, and electrical systems.
  5. Future Growth and Resale Value:
    • Evaluate the potential for future growth and development in the area. This can impact the property’s resale value.


  1. Amenities:
    • Identify features that would enhance your quality of life, such as a modern kitchen, updated appliances, or a backyard. Be mindful of your budget and focus on the most important amenities.
  2. Home Style:
    • Consider your preferences for architectural style. While this is a “want” rather than a “need,” it can contribute to your overall satisfaction with your home.
  3. Energy Efficiency:
    • Look for homes with energy-efficient features, such as updated insulation, windows, and appliances. This can save you money on utilities in the long run.
  4. Outdoor Space:
    • If having outdoor space is important to you, prioritize homes with a backyard or a balcony. Consider your lifestyle and how you plan to use the outdoor space.
  5. Upgrades and Renovations:
    • Think about whether you prefer a move-in-ready home or if you’re open to making renovations. This can influence the types of properties you consider.

Remember, it’s essential to be flexible and open to compromise, especially if you’re working within a budget. Prioritize your needs to ensure the functionality and practicality of the home, and then consider your wants to enhance your overall living experience. It’s also advisable to work with a real estate professional who can guide you through the process and help you find a home that meets your criteria.

It is our hope that you have found the above information to be helpful to get you heading in the right direction for that perfect home for you and your family to be able to flourish in.

As always, when you are ready to get started, hopefully you will reach out to us and let us help you through this process. Buying a house to become your home is probably the biggest purchase that you will ever do and it will be an honor for us to take that journey with you!

Richard & Sherry Wolcott
Wolcott Realty Group
Coldwell Banker Realty