Preparing To Buy a Home
First and foremost, you are going to have to make a lifestyle decision when it comes to buying a home in California and the Monterey Peninsula. The cities ogf Carmel, Carmel Valley, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach and Monterey all offer different lifestyle opportunities and you will need to be able to know what is most important to you when it comes to buying a home here on the Monterey Peninsula.
Before you step foot into the first Monterey Peninsula home you look at, it's a good idea to thoughtfully determine your wants and needs, and the difference between the two! By analyzing your needs you will be able to get a clear picture of exactly what you want your new home to look like and how it should function for you. Once you're in the thick of viewing homes on the Monterey Peninsula, it's all too easy to fall in love with someone’s decorating or a home’s outstanding architecture – and to completely overlook that there aren't enough bedrooms or bathrooms to fit your needs.
First, you should write down why you're looking for a home. For example, are you currently renting and would like to have a home where you can begin building equity? Maybe you have outgrown your existing home or changed jobs which required you to move to a new city. These factors will all have an impact on how you approach your home search.
It is important to identify what you envision your home to look like and what features it should have. Writing this down helps to avoid ambiguity later in the home search process. You should make at least two lists: one should describe everything you would ideally like and the other should list the features of the home that are an absolute must. It is most likely that you will blend the two lists into one as you progress through the homebuying process. This is a natural and evolutionary process that becomes clearer as you determine what you want and what is available.