When you're looking for a house you have to decide. "I am buying a house to live in for a year" or "two years" or "until my hubby gets stationed somewhere else" or "forever". Based on that, you know that you'll need a house that can work for your x amount of time.
You also need to decide, "I want a brick house" "Jim, I'm going for the rocks on the front" "Oh my goodness, I am digging the paneling" That way you know basically what type of house you want.
Space is another problem. You have four kids. Yikes! A grand total of six bedrooms! (kidding)
Think about it like this.
trees in backyard
I don't care
Location doesn't matter
HOA - (Home Owners Asssociation
All of the above
None of the above
Great! Now you know what your looking for! (I'm not covering $$$)
A great place to look for house is Zillow.
It'll pull it up. You can create an account and save your favorite houses, and leave comments on houses too.
Realtors, however, do not recommend Zillow. It is a little outdated. So before you fall in love with 1385 Lake View Dr., Teresa, make sure it's still for sale. :)
Realtors, isn't it ironic, :), refer you to Realtor.com.
I'm not joking. Realtor.com is all updated info. PLUS you can have an account. Your realtor can see your comments on houses as well as send you more to look at! (Not using a realtor? I recommend it)
Allrighty, Allrighty. So it looks easy, right? Yeah...but it's not.
Here come the hard part. Read below.
Laura: Oooh Tom, 1275 Oak Lane is my favorite so far!
Tom: Earlier you said it was 56 Fallber
Laura: Oh yeah...
Laura: Well Oak Lane is 137,000
Tom: Fallber is 136,000
Tom: It doesn't have a brand new fridge
What would you do?...
Buy the cheaper, or go for the new fridge? These are questions you will HAVE to go through.
Hope this helped!