Make Some (Initial) Choices

Build Your Lists

You’ve got the green light—preapproved and poised to dive into the world of homeownership. But before you start pounding the pavement in search of your new home, it’s time to get organized. Let’s talk lists.

First up, your must-haves. These are the non-negotiables, the essentials that will shape your dream home. Start with the top five, though it’s okay if your list runs a bit longer or shorter. Hint: Location often lands at the top of the list for many homebuyers. From there, consider factors like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, garage space, basement amenities, and the size of your backyard oasis.

But let’s not forget the flip side. Equally crucial is identifying what you don’t want in a home. Maybe you’re steering clear of high-rises or busy streets. Take a moment to jot down those deal-breakers to keep your search focused and efficient.

Here’s a glimpse of a recent wishlist we came across:


  • Desired Locations: Palatine, Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 baths
  • 1-car garage
  • Basement
  • Decent backyard


  • Fireplace
  • Updated kitchen
  • Within one mile of Metra

Avoid-At-All-Costs List:

  • Corner lot
  • Split-level home
  • Busy street

With your criteria in hand, it’s time to enlist the help of your real estate agent. Think of this as your opportunity to conduct a mini-interview process. Meet with at least three agents, armed with pointed questions to gauge their expertise, communication style, and track record. Don’t forget to check references—it’s your chance to ensure you’re partnering with a pro who’s got your back every step of the way.

A stellar agent is more than just a guide—they’re your confidant, advocate, and problem-solver rolled into one. While there’s a framework outlining what a real estate broker should do for you, the reality is that each transaction brings its own unique challenges. That’s where a quality agent shines, offering responsiveness, proactivity, investigative prowess, and a knack for creative problem-solving.

When you’re navigating uncharted waters, your broker is your compass, steering you towards the best possible outcome. With their expertise and dedication by your side, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands—ready to embark on the exhilarating journey of finding your perfect home. Have your list ready to go? Contact us at StartingPoint Realty today and let’s find you your dream home!

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