Buying a first home is an important and gratifying milestone, opening up a world of new possibilities, choices, and considerations. Although it’s natural to be ruled by emotion when making such an exciting decision, let your more logical head prevail—and follow these tips as you explore the market.

Make a Practical Wish List

Everybody has an idea what they want in and from their first home. Don’t try to keep all of your dreams in your head—take the time to write down your wish list, and go one step further by separating it into “must have” and “nice to have” columns. When you look through a house for the first time, you might fall in love with its architecture, layout, or any other features, but if it lacks the things you’ve determined you need most, you should hesitate on making an offer.

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