Consider your dreams and the alternatives Once you’ve determined how much you can spend, you can start weighing what you absolutely must have in your home—and what you’re willing to sacrifice if necessary. Use the “pick 2″ rule: price, quality, location. Typically you can prioritize two of those categories, but not all three. Your best bet is to stick to an amazing neighborhood for an amazing low price, and know that your home might not have that pool, wine cellar, or other amenities you’d hoped for. Consider widening your search to different neighborhoods or knocking a few items off your must-have list until you find the location and amenities that best fit your budget. Weigh what really matters for your dream home, then start performing preliminary searches online using sites such as And try to stay optimistic—with enough searching and some luck, you could find it all. Once you’ve determined what kind of house you’re looking for, it’s time to put your feet to the pavement and start checking out the market in person. To do that, you’ll need a Realtor®. By Jamie Wiebe | Jan 19, 2016 If you need help selling or buying a home, please give me a call. Fred 210-883-7451. You can also check my website to start search for homes or get a lender for a quick pre-approval. You can also check other blogs to get more info on the home buying process.