One of the first things that your real estate agent will want to know as much as possible about is the features and benefits you desire. To help your realtor better serve you it is important to analyze what you want in relation to your must haves. Below are some key features and benefits to consider while making your must have list:

Features to consider when you buy a home:

• Age: Do you prefer historic properties, or newer ones?
• Style: Do you have a special preference for ranches, bungalows, or another style of construction?
• Bedrooms: How many?
• Bathrooms: How many? Are they updated?
• Living and Dining Areas: A traditional, formal layout, or a more open, contemporary plan?
• Stories: How many?
• Square feet: How much space?
• Ceilings: How high?
• Kitchen: How big? Recently updated? Open to other living areas?
• Storage: Big closets, a shed, an extra-large garage?
• Parking: A garage or carport? Room for how many cars?
• Extras: Attic or basement?

Amenities to consider when you buy a home:

• Office
• Play/exercise room
• Security system
• Sprinkler system
• Workshop/Studio
• In-law suite
• Fireplace
• Pool
• Hot tub
• Sidewalk
• Wooded lot
• Patio, deck, or porch
• Laundry room

Location! Location! Location! is important to consider when you buy a home:

• Urban, suburban or rural
• Commute time
• School districts
• Desirable neighborhoods
• Proximity to the airport
• Proximity to restaurants and retail
• Access to major highways and thoroughfares
• Access to public transportation
• Health care facilities
• Parks and recreation
• Length of time you plan to live in the home