According to a 2012 survey from Coldwell Banker Real Estate of 1,000 men and women, they both rely on how they feel and how their lifestyle fits into a home when looking for a place to live.  The survey found 28 percent of women and 25 percent of men put more emphasis on their feelings about a home than they do on the layout, square footage, or even price. But despite the differences between men and women, there’s at least one thing they agree on when it comes to buying a home — the majority of women (62 percent) and men (61 percent) know within the first visit if the home is right for them.

For couples entering the home-buying process, here are some tips for harmonious house-hunting: 

  • Each person should come up with a list of a few things that are most important to them.  Then, they should come together as a couple to decide on a list of the top three to five things that are important for their home together.
  • When looking for a home, communication is key.  Consider designating a point person for different aspects of the home-buying process, so that information is not delayed or communicated to just one part of the couple.
  • Don’t get too many people involved; typically more people means more stress and what is most important is that the couple is happy with the decisions being made.
  • Don’t forget to have fun! Remember that this home will be the place to build memories and a life together.

Following these simple, common-sense guidelines can help couples keep the home-buying process fun.  For more helpful advice on the home buying process, be sure to check back here often.

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