The time has come for you to find a new home. You may have outgrown your current home or you may be relocated due to your career or maybe you are just looking for a new place to call home. Looking for real estate can be fun, exciting but also stressful and disappointing at times but you can find that perfect place for your family with time and understanding. There are a few things you need to consider when looking to purchasing a new home for you and your family. Let’s take a look at them. First off know that you need to be flexible. You know you have a list of features you want, the number of bedrooms and baths and how much land you prefer and so on, well, you may or may not find everything in one home. You may have to consider opting for rooms with multipurpose or the request to not have an open kitchen to getting used to the idea of having an open kitchen. Just be sure the home fits your personality. You’re in this home for a long time, be happy with it. When looking for the perfect piece of real estate for your family, think about the long haul. You want to think about being in this home for at least five to eight years. Staying one place for a while will help you to avoid extra expenses down the road and allow you time to gain equity in your real estate. Think about the future of your family. Do you plan on having more children? Are your children getting ready to leave the nest? You want to plan for needed increase of space or think about maybe down sizing if the children will be leaving. Just keep these things in the back of your mind. Don’t mark off lived in homes from the lists. New homes are nice but they may not be so perfect and until living within the space a few months do you realize things should be different or not what you thought. A home that has had a previous owner my have great upgrades, finished basements or a well-landscaped yard all from the time you move in. You may not like the décor but that can change, upgrades and mature landscaping takes both time and money. Location does matter. If you don’t like the location at all don’t purchase the home. Noisy streets, long commutes will get old and your stuck. Take commute, surroundings, schools, stores and atmosphere into thought before you purchase. Lastly, do not overspend. Think about the future and your future expenses. Do you plan to have more children, do you plan for a spouse to not work or cut back the amount of hours, will you have to purchase new car or a child going off to college. If the home is a stretch now it will be burden in the future. Linda Magarick is the most trusted Margate real estate agent, providing comprehensive real estate services to her clients for more than 27 years.