How do you know when you’ve found “The One”?

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How do you know when you’ve found “The One”?

When my husband and I started our research for purchasing a home in Katy, TX, I had no idea  (especially being a Realtor) how picky we were going to be.

I preview hundreds  of homes in the Houston area a year, and in my mind I felt that I knew exactly what we were looking for. So after finding, what some would consider “the perfect home”, and finding it a few times, I was stumped as to what was holding us back. Even though these homes crossed off everything on our checklist (price, square footage, bed/bath count, style, etc), we just never managed to pull the trigger.

Fast forward 2 years, and there I was previewing properties on a typical Saturday for one of my customers, and I had that moment…do you know what I’m talking about? It’s that moment that your heart takes an extra little beat and somehow you just know that you have found the home you have been looking for. Here’s the odd part…It had nothing to do with the house behind the ‘For Sale’ sign. All of a sudden, I realized that it was the environment and sense of community that I was really looking for. I found myself sitting in my car in a strange driveway staring at a cul-de-sac full of kids playing and parents sitting out on lawn chairs. The American Dream. My dream!

Selling homes, and finding the right homes for my client is my occupation, and when you take into account that this is someone’s largest purchase to date, it can become a bit stressful during the process.  I have heard that Realtors should move every five years just to remember what their clients go through. I couldn’t agree more! Sometimes as Realtors we get lost in the “price-per-square-foot” and forget that we are really selling lifestyles and dreams. It’s about imagining what your life will look like in that exact spot five years down the road. Will you be out working on your lawn? Maybe you see yourself walking your kids to the school less than a mile down the road, or living within biking distance to your favorite trail.  Whatever that magic “thing” in your head is, put it at the top of your home-buying checklist!  It’s what will turn that house into a home, and let everyone in the process know that it’s something that you truly value!

Fast forward to today, and we couldn’t be happier in our little circle of paradise. My neighbors still joke with me about being the crazy lady that pulled up in a driveway and gawked at them for a good thirty minutes (I’m not ashamed…). The house still wasn’t perfect by most people’s standards, but I don’t care. It’s perfect for us, and that has to be what this home buying thing is all about!

Courtney McDonald

Courtney McDonald



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