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Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer This Spring

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Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer This Spring

Andy Rose

Andy brings to the table over 12 years of real estate experience including becoming a licensed Georgia broker in 2018 and a licensed Broker in Fl...

Andy brings to the table over 12 years of real estate experience including becoming a licensed Georgia broker in 2018 and a licensed Broker in Fl...

Mar 15 3 minutes read

Though there are more homes for sale now than there were at this time last year, there’s still an undersupply with fewer houses available than in more normal, pre-pandemic years. The Monthly Housing Market Trends Report from realtor.com puts it this way: 

  “While the number of homes for sale is increasing, it is still 43.2% lower than it was before the pandemic in 2017 to 2019. This means that there are still fewer homes available to buy on a typical day than there were a few years ago.”


The current housing shortage has an impact on how you search for a home this spring. With limited options on the market, buyers who consider what’s a necessity versus what’s a nice-to-have will be more successful in their home search.


The first step? Get pre-approved for a mortgage. Pre-approval helps you better understand what you can borrow for your home loan, and that plays an important role in how you’ll put your list together. After all, you don’t want to fall in love with a home that’s out of reach. Once you have a good grasp on your budget, the best way to prioritize all the features you want and need in a home is to put together a list.


Here’s a great way to think about them before you begin:

  • Must-Haves – If a house doesn’t have these features, it won’t work for you and your lifestyle.
  • Nice-To-Haves – These are features you’d love to have but can live without. Nice-to-haves aren’t dealbreakers, but if you find a home that hits all the must-haves and some of the these, it’s a contender.
  • Dream State – This is where you can really think big. Again, these aren’t features you’ll need, but if you find a home in your budget that has all the must-haves, most of the nice-to-haves, and any of these, it’s a clear winner.


Finally, once you’ve created your list and categorized it in a way that works for you, discuss it with your real estate agent. They’ll be able to help you refine the list further, coach you through the best ways to stick to it and find a home in your area that meets your needs.

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He made the process of easy!! Would highly recommend him and Stephanie.

Andy did a great job!! Even after the buying and selling was done, he still followed up with us. He made the process of easy!! Would highly recommend him and Stephanie.

Cash in hand above asking within 10 days!

Our home was on the market for 8 months with multiple failures to close and numerous frivolous and expensive repairs being made before we were introduced to Andy. Within 10 days after we selected Andy as our realtor we had closed with cash in hand above our asking price. Select Andy as your realtor as soon as possible because his enthusiasm, prompt actions, professionalism and expertise will likely yield a transaction experience that is as pleasant and profitable as possible.

Will work hard for his clients!

Andy did a great job for us in the sale of our house. We had relocated out-of-state and needed to just 'unload' our house. Andy was able to find us a buyer and close the sale. He is a great agent who will work hard for his clients. If you need a realtor, I can't recommend Andy enough.

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