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Posted: 11.23.2015

When you're dating, you can spend years searching for the perfect relationship only to--possibly--wait too long and miss out on something great. Suddenly, over your sad microwave meal and bottle of cheap red, you're looking back on your life choices, wondering what could have been if you hadn't been so darned picky.

Well, the same goes for house hunting. You can drive yourself crazy searching for your dream home. You've found houses that have come close, after all. So the perfect one is bound to appear soon, right?

Not necessarily. We know the hunt can be emotionally draining, but at some point you have to go from house hunter to home owner.

We're not encouraging you to make a choice that will fill you with buyer's remorse. But to borrow a line from the Rolling Stones: "you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes ... you get what you need".

Here are three questions to ask yourself; the answers will help you determine whether it's time to settle on a home that might not be what your dreams are made of.

1) Are my expectations realistic? 

Everyone has a dream home, but there is no such thing as a perfect home. There's always going to be something not so lovable in each house you view. The key to finding the right home is setting realistic expectations.

Make a list of your dream features and amenities before you start house hunting--but be willing to let some of those features go once you start looking at properties. It helps to score each feature on a scale of 1 to 10--that way you (and your partner, if you have one) are on the same page about which amenities are deal breakers and which are simply nice to have.

2) How many properties have I viewed?

Once you're house hunting, it can be nearly impossible to decide when you've looked at enough houses. After all, the perfect house could be listedany day now, right?

Go ahead and view online listings as much as you want, but you should set a limit for actual viewings. Then make a list of each property's strengths and weakness, and get ready to compromise.

3) What am I willing to compromise?

If you've set realistic expectations and looked at more than a few houses, it's time to start making some tough decisions. It might feel like settling, but you'll probably be thankful later when you're finally a homeowner.

Just make sure you're not compromising on something you'll regret later. And remember, do not compromise on location.The real estate adage "location, location, location" bears repeating here. After all, a great house won't matter much if you're driving two hours to work every day or the only nearby grocery store closes at 7 p.m.

If you're not sure where to compromise, ask your Realtor. That's what they're there for.

Happy hunting!

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