holiday pic As we say goodbye to November, the holiday season is officially upon us, though honestly it feels like it started right after Halloween this year. ‘Tis the season to make lists and there are lots of them. A list to tell you what needs to be done after work, on the weekend and even at lunch. On top of that, we manage a calendar this time of year probably more than any other, which could contain a list was well reminding us where we need to be and when.

Wish list when searching for homes

Some items on our list are mandatory, while others are considered luxury items. Certainly they would be nice to have, but you will certainly find a way to survive without them. When buying a home, your wish list is no different. Like any list, your must-have features need to be at the top. Add too many items and you are either custom building or not buying anything. In the beginning, I suggest my clients start with items like location, price, size range and number of bedrooms. From there, we look at the inventory and modify. Maybe excluding an item like a pool, for example, if that is a deal breaker. It is better to just add a few items and see how many homes meet the existing criteria before adding more.

Homes for Sale in Austin

The Austin Real Estate Market inventory is very low. The goal is to find enough properties to have choices. After consulting with a client, if I can find 15 or more properties that meet the must-have list, then I know we are in the realm of matching expectations and goals. If the search is only pulling 5 houses, it may be because the search location is small or it is not a common floor plan in that area and price point. Like any list, the smaller your must-have criteria list is – the greater your chance of getting through it will be.