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Creating your real estate shopping list

Real Estate SHOPPING LIST (Do you really KNOW what you are looking for? Read on to narrow the search....)

Written By Donna Joerling (Owner and Broker). Created on 06/18/2014.

 It doesn't take an Einstein to figure out what you really WANT and NEED in real estate.  Sometimes though we need to FOCUS on those items and make ourselves a list.  I have done a list for you to begin the narrowing down process of finding the right piece of real estate.

When you begin the search for real estate see if any of the items below fit your criteria and let's see how together we can put the perfect real estate SHOPPING LIST together for you.   Everything in most real estate Multiple Listing Services MLS is based on two PRIMARY items, the price range you are able to afford as well as the location of school districts itself.  Even for buyers that do not have nor anticipate having children, the school district is still one of the keys for resale value as well, so don't lose site of that when you are purchasing.


There is a BIG DIFFERENCE between a WANT and a NEED in real estate just like there is in real life everyday.  Take a look below and see which ones are W=WANT vs. N=NEED

Real Estate and Home Shopping List:


OUTSIDE FEATURES and ITEMS to remember when looking to purchase real estate:


  • School District Rating Option 1) ___________________2)_________________
  • Price range  $_____________________
  • Highway Frontage
  • City Home on Large yard
  • Home on 1 plus acres
  • Country Home on 3 to 5 acres in platted subdivision
  • Okay for home to be on a private well
  • Okay for home to be on a septic system
  • Fenced yard or can add a fence depending on rules and regulations
  • Located on Paved or concrete access road
  • Well maintained roads so can get in and out during winter weather and snow storms
  • Okay to be on gravel road
  • Non-Flood Plain location
  • Age of Roof?
  • Age of Home
  • Fixer Upper preferred to build homeowners equity
  • 10 year old home or newer
  • 11 and older home
  • New Construction home
  • Historic Homes in various areas, country or city historical districts
  • Ranch Style Living
  • One and half or two story homes
  • Log Cabins
  • Low maintenance homes
  • Stone homes or brick homes
  • Attached Garage
  • Detached Garage
  • Single Family Residence vs. Shared wall such as condo/villas
  • Front porch (swing if you will)
  • Deck overlooking back yard for entertaining
  • Outside Patio area
  • Screened in porch or place to build one for entertaining and no insects
  • Workshop for Four Wheelers, Marine craft
  • Storage building for farm equipment
  • Workshop for woodworking or other hobbies and crafts
  • Outside additional parking for work trucks, recreational vehicles, boats with trailers
  • Boat House
  • Acreage to run four wheelers on
  • Raising Chickens
  • Raising livestock of some sort, horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, etc.
  • Horse Barn
  • Horse Corral
  • Horse Real Estate
  • Pond
  • Lake
  • Lake Site for building a lake
  • Well Water on site
  • Creek on site
  • River on site
  • Spring on site
  • Caves on site
  • Water Features on site
  • Lake Front Lot
  • Lake Front Home
  • Second Tier Home
  • Lake View Home
  • Dock with PWC slips
  • Dock with 2 Boat Slips and hoists
  • Condo with lots of amenities
  • Villa with lots of amenities
  • Villa side by side vs. upper and lower levels


GREEN ACRES is the Place to be, Farm Living is the life for me!!!!


  • Farm land for raising agriculture and crops
  • Cropland, Row Crops
  • Flood Plain area for Duck Hunting
  • Deer Hunting Woods only
  • Deer Hunting Pasture and Woods good 50/50 mix
  • Fenced Pasture for hay and cattle raising
  • Farm with older home structure for weekend fun
  • Recreational farm with area for gardens, tree orchard and more
  • Out buildings on farm with older home for rehabilitation (rehab job)
  • Marina close by for Boat Marine Craft  and Personal Water Craft loading and unloading
  • Public Parks Nearby
  • Public Marinas Nearby
  • Walking and Hiking Trails Nearby
  • Restaurants and Bars on the Lake close by for fun and friends enjoyment!
  • Between certain Mile Markers for ease in boating and saving of time and gas mileage


INSIDE FEATURES are important too


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wider Hallways for Wheelchairs and walkers
  • Walk in Showers or easy conversion of showers for people with some level of disabilities or impairment for access
  • Few or no steps to enter house or condo/villa whether from front door or garage
  • Large eat in kitchen
  • Bar area in kitchen for quick meals
  • Entertainment bar in home
  • Large kitchen with abundance of kitchen cabinets and butler's pantry
  • Main Floor Laundry Room
  • Formal dining room
  • Kitchen/Dining Room combination
  • Dining/Living Room combination
  • Open Floor Plan
  • Central Hall floor plan
  • Main Floor Master Bedroom
  • In-Laws Suites for elderly relatives perhaps
  • Lower level for extra entertainment area
  • Walk out basement with windows for possible additional bedroom or sleeping room
  • Tub Bath Combo in at least one bathroom
  • Whirlpool or garden tub in home
  • Walk in closets
  • Thermal windows
  • Efficient heating system, geo thermal water source, gas/electric etc.
  • Two HVAC systems depending on size of home
  • Central Vacuum system
  • Alarm system
  • Cable available for internet and entertainment purposes
  • Cell phone reception
  • Home office availability


We know that this may seem a bit much, but when you are looking for a place to live and enjoy for a very long time for yourself and your loved ones, these items are important to consider.  Very quickly based on price range, you may find out some of your wants and needs change places and items you thought were critical may change.  Those serious conversations are important to have between all buyers and occupants and your professional Realtor from The Joerling Group real estate company.  We love to walk folks through the process of home buying and make sure that they do not lose site of items that are critical to their purchase and the overall success of the sales transaction.

Call us today at the office 314.808.1712 and let's get started on this process and this journey.

The Joerling Group