In Piedmont and Oakland, and many nearby communities, the Spring buying market is now upon us, and in many neighborhoods, available homes are being snapped up quickly.  In this competitive atmosphere, it is important that you have a plan while searching for your ideal home, so that time is not wasted, and you are ready to act promptly.

You can divide your search plan into three categories:

1. Decide what elements that you must have in your new home:  This can, and should be, easy if you have already decided that you must move.  Perhaps you want to have at least 3 bedrooms and a spacious backyard.  Perhaps you must be in a certain school district.  This list should be comprised of things that you will not give up when considering a new home.  Be very specific,  and then let me know as soon as possible, so I can begin to help you search.  

2, Determine your "would be nice" elements: These would be things that you would love to have included in your new home, beyond your "must have" elements that are listed above.  Perhaps you would like an upgraded kitchen or bathroom, a spacious garage, extra storage space, etc.. A better description might be things that you would like, but don't necessarily need, when moving into a new home.  

3. Determine your "will not consider" list of elements: These would be things that you positively would not want in your next home.  Examples might a long commute to work or school, lots of yardwork, tons of stairs, little or no privacy, no close amenities like shopping or restaurants.  This is an especially important list, because it will help me quickly sort through potential properties for your consideration, and thus not waste time with houses you will not value.  

So let's get started.  It is well worth your time to create these 3 simple lists, and it most certainly will put you in the mix with buyers who are ready to act promptly once that special home is found.  


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