Starting with the end in mind
Decide what you want in home ownership, then find the home and
neighborhood to match.
At any moment, there are literally hundreds of available homes
in Petaluma, thousands in Sonoma County. The first time logging
on the Petalumahomes.com search page
you’ll probably have a fairly common experience…Westside
vintage, Eastside 4 bedroom, country ranchette, enticing raw land
- all within your price range! You’re torn, all over the map!
Sound familiar? Here’s an alternative…start with the
vision, then find the home to fit.
It’s always good to explore your options, but we guarantee
that this method will save you time, headaches, and perhaps even
money. Not to mention, you’ll spend your time looking for
what you truly want.
What do you really want?
Whatever your situation in life, whether you’re a first-time
homebuyer or a repeat buyer/investor, you need to ask yourself what
you really hope to accomplish with your new home. Rather than simply
compiling a laundry list of necessities (i.e. more room, less commute,
etc) we like to encourage our buyers to begin with the “end
Without considering price for the moment, what is your ideal
picture of home ownership?
- Playing with your children on a safe, quiet cul-de-sac?
- Enjoying the short stroll home from your favorite restaurant
- Throwing on your boots and maintaining your acre plus parcel:
your automotive shop, organic garden, or hobby vineyard?
Start your search by answering these questions first, then looking
for the ideal fit within your price range. Beginning in the opposite
direction, browsing properties to see if they somehow spark interest,
you may walk your fourth country property before realize that while
an open acre in the country sounds idyllic, Septic Systems and Wells
(not to mention the commute) are probably the worst fit for your
personal lifestyle. Or conversely, while a leisurely 3 block spin
to the office certainly is convenient, you’d trade 15 minutes
of driving for a quiet dirt lane any day, not to mention the backyard
the size of your driveway!