How to Find the Perfect Home

by Meryl Diamond 02/10/2020

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Whatever your priorities are, before you take on the purchase of a home, answer these questions for yourself:

  • Why do you want to purchase a house? Is it for financial reasons? Is it less expensive than paying rent? Until you’re certain about your reasons for buying, take it slow and make a plan. It’s your money, your time and your effort that goes into maintaining a home. Buying for the wrong reasons leads to buyers’ remorse and dissatisfaction.
  • Where do you want to own a home? Is extra land important to you? Or, do you want to be near other family members? Farther away? Can your lifestyle support the commute? Buying a house that requires an extensive commute changes your life in ways you may not foresee. Moving away from friends, entertainment and shopping areas you enjoy can tarnish the pleasure of a new home. Pick your location based on what you want most, even if it means a smaller house or less land.
  • What type of home do you want? Do you prefer a maintenance-free condominium with a view? A single-family home in an HOA-controlled neighborhood? A townhouse with an attached garage and street-level entry? Be clear about what living style suits you. If hearing the neighbor’s alarm clock raises your stress level, a flat-style condominium or attached townhome might not be the best option for you. A duplex with only adjoined garages could fit the bill nicely though. Let your agent know which things are deal-breakers and which are merely preferences.

Once you decide, with absolute certainty, what you want, you can set about finding just the right home in the best location at the correct time and for the optimal price. When it’s right, you’ll know it. Start by finding the right agent. Reach out today for a consultation.

About the Author
Author

Meryl Diamond

Professional Profile

While I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, I have spent the last 27 years living in the Lisle and Naperville area. The first single family home my husband and I ever owned was in Green Trails, Lisle. There were two things we loved about living in Green Trails - the sense of community and all the green space. This was a dream come true for my children who always had a friend to play with or a babysitter near by. For me, it gave me a chance to get to know the neighbors whom I have built lifelong friendships with. From neighborhood garage sales to summer barbeques, we always found reason to come together.

The other thing that was wonderful about Green Trails was all the green space. As someone who grew up in a city, I wanted to give my children the opportunity to run around and explore their environment. Our house was a short walk to a beautiful gazebo. We also enjoyed walking on the paved trails and bike rides to the park and tennis courts. Being able to enjoy outdoor space opened up my kids' imagination and more importantly burned off all that energy that they always seemed to have!

Once the kids got older we realized that we needed more space, so we purchased our second home in Naperville. This transition was easy for our family, as Naperville is not only close to Lisle, but also has the same community feel that we loved about Green Trails. My children got to attend Naperville 203 schools and my husband has easy access to I-88 so he could commute into Chicago.
The kids are all grown up now (funny how time flies!) but Naperville continues to be the ideal place to live. With downtown Naperville so close, I get to enjoy trying new restaurants and there always seems to be live music to enjoy. I stay involved in the community through volunteering at Public Action to Deliver Shelter (P.A.D.S) where I am a regular as well as a Housing Coordinator, where I organize an annual drive to provide furnishings for a family in need and coordinate a place for them to live.

Naperville is my home now and the place where my children have fond memories of their childhood. My husband and I feel so lucky we stumbled upon these two great communities and have no intention of leaving anytime soon! 

Professional Qualifications

First licensed in 1986

Joined RE/MAX in 1993

Professional Designations

RE/MAX club membership: 100%

Platinum Club

Hall of Fame