First-time homebuyer quiz: Are you too picky? Bethany Ramos December 4, 2017 How many 'dealbreaker' items do you have on your housing wish list? 7. 1. 3. Are you open to renovation? Somewhat. I'm not interested in a major reno investment. No, I'm looking for the right home that requires little maintenance and upkeep. Sure, as long as it doesn't involve flipping the whole house. Do you know how much house you can afford to buy? No, but I'm looking for cheap houses so that I don't run into this problem. Yes, I've already gotten prequalified and have a price estimate from a lender. No, I set my own price range when I search online. How long have you been house-hunting with a realtor? 6 months. 1 month. I don’t have a realtor yet. Are you willing to look at different neighborhoods near your desired area? I haven't researched neighborhoods that I'm interested in yet. No, I have an ideal area I'm not willing to budge on. Yes, as long as it's still close to my job, family and friends, and kids' school. Will you sacrifice square footage for a house in your price range? Yes. Maybe. No. What do you do if you don't like a house during a showing? Leave. Take notes of the pros and cons for later. Finish the showing if the house has potential and is in my price range. What's your biggest turnoff during a showing? Bad decorating. Price range. Undesirable location, neighborhood, or layout. How many people do you bring with you to a showing? I normally go to showings by myself and tell my spouse or family what they need to know. I normally go to showings with my spouse or another family member or trusted friend. 3 or more. Myself, a spouse or family member, a friend, and anyone I know with expertise, like a contractor or designer. How many times do you need to see a house before you're ready to buy it? 5 or more - to measure for furniture, take pictures, and ask for friends' opinions. I'll need to go back and see the house one more time to make sure it's my top choice. I can usually remember what I liked about the house from my first impression. Are you willing to stretch your budget to find a house that meets your criteria? No. Yes. Maybe. How quickly do you expect to close on a house? As soon as possible. Within 2-4 weeks. Within 1-2 months.