Our real estate agent asked my husband and I to come up with a wish list for what we want in our new home so she could start doing MLS searches. Here's what we've come up with:
+2 bedroom (or 1 bedroom + den)
+No high rises
+No garden units
+Edgewater neighborhood (Or similar neighborhood. Must be close to Red, Brown or Metra trains and within walking distance to a grocery store.)
+Control over heating and cooling
+Washer/dryer (hook up in unit or in building)
Our agent told us that our list was very realistic and thought we could get most of the stuff on our list. She warned us that she always tells her clients you will have to compromise on at least one item on your list and you won't know what that is until you walk into your new home.
We met with her over the weekend and talked about all the nitty gritty steps that go into buying a home. It was incredibly informative, a little overwhelming, and very exciting all at the same time. (I'll be writing up a post on all these steps shortly.)
Our next two steps are:
1. Talk to a mortgage broker.
2. Start looking at condos!!! (My personal favorite step of the process!)