The search for the perfect home

There is a new fad in television programming revolving around choosing a new home. Perspective house hunters from all over the world are featured as they seek to find the ideal dwelling for their needs. Their preferred real estate specialist helps them select up to 3 (actually, it seems it is always 3) houses, condos, or 423289_10150628172168893_722201739_napartments, based on budget and locale, among other factors.

A large segment of those appearing on the show don’t have children, so being in a location nearest to the “best local school system” rarely comes into play. Many are seeking vacation homes, which then eliminates the need to be close to the workplace. From there, the criteria is as wide open as an unfurnished full-floor penthouse. Specifications and interests that would seem minute, even bizarre to some house hunters, give insight into just how personal intimate details of a home can be. (A personal favorite on one program was “Sorry, this house just doesn’t have the crown moldings I like.”)

What are the most important factors for you when house hunting? Is it location/proximity to work or schools? Or do you prefer being closer to the beach, or the shopping districts? Number of bedrooms and bathrooms to accommodate a larger family or overnight visitors? Do you require amenities such as a swimming pool, or extra entertaining space? Sound off now in the comments section. We’d love to hear how you chose your home!

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