For those who are house-hunting, it can be a whirlwind romance that’s hot from the minute you see the home’s curb appeal. But don’t let the seduction of a good-looking landscape make you want to tie the knot without a bit of courtship.

House-hunting for the “perfect” home in many ways is like looking for that perfect romance – very seldom does everything about your proposed match your desires. Things you like at first may later on get on your nerves and become what you don’t like so much later on. Does that mean the house is not right for you? Not necessarily. It could be, but if you understand your tolerance level–what’s most important to you in a home, and what you can’t deal with at all – you are less likely to want to buy the wrong home.

Keeping these terms clearly defined and always top of mind will help you make smart choices even when some areas of the home tug at your heartstrings and say, “buy me!”.

House-hunting should be like dating. Take your time. Understand the critical must-haves, the not-so-important-but-I-kind-of-want-it, and the no-way, not-going-to-happen-in-this-lifetime.

One thing you can do to help streamline the process is to start making a list about the things you like about your home. If you’re renting, there may be features about the home, apartment, or planned-living development that you want to find again in the neighborhood where you’re going to buy your home.

For instance, you might want a townhouse that has certain luxury amenities. Moving into about a home that doesn’t have the right type of amenities could be a real deal breaker. Also, it might mean you have to pay more to get those same amenities that used to come with your rental. While this might not be a deal-breaker, it can certainly change the way you’re used to living your life.

So, be sure to take it into account. Walking a short distance down the street to go to the gym, the pool, the store will be different from having to drive 20 minutes or more to go to a gym/spa that you also may have to first pay an extra monthly membership.

Another thing to consider is how many times you’ve seen the home. Just like dating, you might have an instant attraction, but the more times you see your date, the more you discover. With a home, (just like with a prospective partner!) you need to see it a few times and at different times of the day.

This way you’ll discover which rooms can be dark and when or how loud the traffic is during rush hour if it’s near a busy street. You might notice that there’s a lot of turmoil around the neighborhood because of nearby schools. Does this work with your lifestyle? Viewing a home and the surrounding neighborhood at various times of the day can be an eye-opener and can reveal just how much this home is a match with your lifestyle.

Just as you wrote down the things you like in your present residence, you should also make lists of things you want to avoid in the future and new things you hope to gain.

Remember, courtship doesn’t have to last forever. Just as with romance, “the good ones will be gone if you wait too long!” So, put a ring on… or rather, put an offer on that house!

Start your home search on our website and avoid the many ads that distract you from finding just that right home. You will also find the correct status, that’s active listing available to see and not be confused with the pending and contingent listing that are shown to you be not available.

So,take yourself over to – RaleighGreatHomes.com set up a free account and begin searching!!!!