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Ever watch HGTV? Shows like "First Time House Buyers" illustrate how different people can be.

I am always amazed that condo buyers rarely seem to ask about the FEES, which can be huge. Or the heating and AC costs. Instead, they look at superficial things.

Same for home buyers, as several have said. A FEW show some brains, but often one or the other people will say something about the kitchen or bathroom like "Well, this will have to be gutted!"

Some seem to love that term "gutted". Having just had our bathroom truly "gutted" three years ago (ceiling, walls, floor -- everything -- for a total redesign) we can tell them what they seem to want will mean big bucks. Instead, if the room is basically in good shape, might they live with it and see about changing SOME things when they can afford them?

Hey, to each his or her own. However, some of these folks seem to expect to find a home truly only in their minds!

One thing we finally did after looking for over a year here was to create a 4-quadrant matrix we could give the agent, broken down into:

MUST have

Must NOT have

NICE to have


It helped, but we got tired of seeing homes that were too expensive or just nothing like what we said we wanted.

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