1]Make a list of what you’re looking for in a dream home. Not just how many beds and baths, but also the design and style you want. Take into account possible life changes in your future, from starting a family to caring for an elderly relative. Prioritize the list of features from most important to least. Be sure to include your ideal price range in the list.
2]Look at plenty of houses. Start a file on any house that interests you.
3]Examine what you want in a neighborhood. The perfect house in the wrong neighborhood makes a bad choice. Ask yourself what you want in a neighborhood as well as in a home. Drive through dream neighborhoods, keeping an eye open for homes for sale.
4]Check the real estate ads. Although more people search the Internet for homes, sellers still use the real estate sections of their local newspaper.
5]Search the Internet. Increasing numbers of people find their dream homes through the Internet. Look at websites for real estate companies and the National Association of Realtors with search capabilities. Many of these websites provide virtual tours so that you can see a home up close. Search engines like Yahoo also include Real Estate listings.
6]Use a real estate agent to locate your dream home. Finding a dream home is time consuming. Arrange for someone experienced do the searching for you. An added bonus is that a Realtor often knows of homes about to go on the market before anyone else.
7]Build your dream home. Some people decide that the only way to own their dream home is to build a custom home that includes everything they want.