Love or Lust: 7 Ways to Know a House Is the One

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or looking for your forever home, purchasing a house can be a daunting task and the fear of buyer’s remorse can cause serious anxiety.

How do I know this house is right for me?  What should I be considering when purchasing?  How do I avoid the dreaded buyer’s remorse?  These are all valid questions one could ask before entering into a purchase or sale agreement.

Here are some things you’ll want to consider before making that decision:

Can I afford it?  Nothing is more disappointing than finding your dream home just be told by the mortgage company that it’s out your price range.

Before venturing into the real estate market, have an in-depth look at your financial state and meet with mortgage broker or ask representation to obtain an accurate number for purchase.  This will help you to avoid headache and allow you to consider real options versus something that’s not feasible because of your budget.

Does this house meet my must-haves?  When considering home for purchase, it’s a good idea to make al list of your must-haves.  Features such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms should be high on that list.

Things such as walk-in closets, an ensuite and lot size might be negotiable; however, if you’re unwilling to compromise on certain amenities, be sure to only look at properties that offer them.

Is this property in the right area?  Whether it’s a certain desired neighborhood or area of town, narrowing down where you want to live is crucial.  Finding a perfect house that adds an additional half-hour to your commute can lead to disappointment — it may seem like no big deal, but it can easily turn into a major hassle.

Research the area you’re considering.  Are there parks?  Trails?  Do I add time to my commute?  Am I near amenities important to me and my family?  Questions like these will help determine if you’re looking in the area that will best suit your needs.

Is this house right for my future?  For young couples, single buyers and small families especially, it’s vital to ask yourself if this is a home you can grow into.  What is your five-, 10- or even 15-year plan?  Do I want to start a family here?  If your answer is yes, then the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as separate living space, are all things to take note of.

In not, you may want to consider resaleability when purchasing, especially if you are a first-time buyer.  Having a home that you’ll have no trouble reselling is peace of mind for the future.

Is there potential?  May properties on today’s market have good bones; however, the style or overall interior may not be exactly what you had a mind.

Is the structure solid?  Are renovations an option?  Will I be able to get the required permits for additional or structural changes?  If your goal is to do some major overhauling, inquiring with he proper city officials will save you money and frustration.

You slept on it.  It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement when walking through a potential new home. Emotions have a way of taking over and what might seem like the perfect property could be anything but after a day or two of thinking it over.

Although houses are moving fast and the market  is competitive, carefully thinking about the decision and discussing it with your partner or family will ensure that everyone is on the same page and there are no second thought come closing day.

You can feel it.  Trust your gut when something feels off about a house.  You’ll know a house is right for you and your future by the feelings you have while looking at it, walking through it and when it comes time to move in.

If you’re trying to convince yourself a house will work or that you love it, changes are it won’t and you don’t.  At the end of the day, trusting your instincts will guide you to the perfect house while helping you avoid the ones are aren’t.

Source: Adam Slivka

About the Author

Greg DiGiorgio is a highly reviewed Arlington MA Realtor who is a dedicated, passionate, and market-savvy professional who puts his clients’ satisfaction before all else. His attention to detail, superior people skills, broad knowledge of the real estate industry as a whole, and his pure determination to indulge his clients with first class service sets him apart. In addition to Greg being an Accredited Buyers Representative-ABR, he understands the power of creative, well-organized and highly effective marketing and offers customized marketing plans that maximize property exposure to the most qualified buyers. He has appeared several times on Fox 25 News where he was interviewed on current market trends and conditions. A real estate transaction is really about managing people, their desires and their finances. It is an intricate and consequential negotiation.

Greg understands that it is important to secure not only the most able buyer, but also to the one that is most likely to close the deal. When so much is at stake, Greg is the one you want to represent you. His fair yet aggressive negotiating style and protectiveness of his clients’ best interests and ultimately, their assets, has gained his respect with colleagues and clients alike.

Greg also knows that every transaction represents the most important purchase or sale a person can make, and he takes every precaution to ensure that communication is impeccable with all parties involved from beginning to end. Whether it’s patiently guiding first time buyers through this exciting process or following through with clients’ needs long after the transaction is over, Greg’s warm, caring yet efficient business style will turn you into a client for life.


Greg grew up in the Greater Boston area and has a deep appreciation for the North East way of life. He attended The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Research. Greg’s professional background is rooted in the technology sales & marketing. As a result, he learned to adapt to many different people and situations quickly and competitively. The insight that he has gained from many years of involvement in bringing all components of a transaction together smoothly has granted him a unique perspective and approach to the real estate industry. His enthusiasm and tenacity has allowed him to emerge as one of Greater Boston’s finest Realtors, and one of the highest reviewed amongst Arlington MA Realtors!

My Goal

My goal is to provide the best experience possible to my clients while helping them achieve their real estate goals. My streamline systems and use of technology ensure a smooth ride along the way. Whether it’s a first-time buyer, a seller, or investor, I strive to gain lifelong clients and friends by providing them with a fun, relaxing, but yet educational experience throughout the entire process.

Objectives for my Buyer Clients

Counsel session to determine wants & needsSchedule times to view properties

Run comparable analysis report for subject property

Help negotiate terms of the offer

Provided options for home inspectors

Help negotiate & finalize terms of Purchase & Sale Agreement

Assist in finalizing finances with Mortgage Broker

Handle any other paperwork and/or tasks including meeting mortgage commitment deadlines to making sure the transaction closes on time.

I keep an open door policy with all my clients even after the sale should they have any questions, or need help with any of their real estate needs. The closing of a real estate transaction is not the end, but just the beginning of a relationship.

Objectives for my Seller Clients

Listen carefully to make sure your goals and objectives are clearly understood

Explain the home selling process thoroughly

Discuss agency relationship

Price your home accurately

Stage your home for sale

Plan & implement a proven & innovative marketing plan

Work diligently to sell your home quickly and efficiently

Follow up with open house leads & showing brokers to obtain feedback

Work hard to ensure that each step of the transaction is running smoothly

To ensure that all smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working correctly, and to obtain certificate from town/city

To obtain final payoff for city/town water bill

“Most Importantly to communicate with you consistently and efficiently throughout the entire home selling process”

Certifications and Recognitions

Winner of Leading Edge Real Estate’s Outstanding Creative Marketing Award. Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)

Member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM)

Licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Broker

Member of Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB)

Member of National Association of REALTORS (NAR)

Zoning & Building Codes Certificate

Residential New Construction Certificate

Title V Certificate