Finding Your Big Why

Finding your “big why” is something buyers should do in their pre-search phase. It will help you identify what you want, need and aspire to attain regarding your new home.

Finding your why simply takes a little honest contemplation. Alone or with your family, sit down and write out your why’s.

Here are some questions to help you find your big why:

  • Do you need more room?
  • Do you want to downsize?
  • Would you like to live in a different neighborhood?
  • Is living near entertainment and dining important to you?
  • Do you want access to better schools?
  • Do you want to shorten your commute?
  • Do you want to buy an investment property?
  • Does your neighborhood need to be dog-friendly?
  • Would you prefer a different home type (Condo, Single Family, Townhome)?
  • Will your finances be changing?
  • Are you preparing for a major life change such as the birth of a child or new job?

Although you probably think you know what you want, sitting down and writing out what you want really does put things into perspective. By writing it down, you’re committing to your why.

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Next Steps

Once you’ve defined your big why, you will take the next steps in the pre-search phase of your search. For instance, you’ll decide what features you’d like in your home, discover Chicago communities, set a budget, and find a lender. Then, the search can begin!

Of course, Terri will be there with you every step of the way.

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Living in Chicago for over 30 years and raising her family in the South Loop neighborhood, Terri is uniquely experienced to help you buy Chicago real estate.

Whether you’re looking to buy a condo, loft, home, or other property type, Terri is at your disposal. Rest assured that she will be advising you and answering your questions every step of the way.

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