How to Organize Your House Hunting Wish List

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Finding a house is a big – and often overwhelming – task. It’s helpful to tackle it like you would any other big project, with a plan, a list and some patience.

The plan

Start by thinking about what you need from your home and what you want. The list is not always the same. If you’re buying with someone else, be sure to create the list together.

And approach this like a true brainstorm. There are no bad ideas. Some ideas will be more realistic than others, but an honest list will reveal your true priorities pretty clearly.

Good. Better. Best.

Once you have your list, organize it into three categories: good, better, best. This helps you establish a baseline – good – and decide what’s most important. Remember, this is your list. It will be your home so you get to decide what will matter most.

Good: The essentials

This list represents your broad category of home traits. It’s a general list and ideal for narrowing down your search. This list will also help you establish a baseline budget.

Include such things as:

  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Appliances
  • Ranch or multi-story
  • Neighborhood and/or school district

Better: The wish list

Once you have the basics down, think about those nice-to-haves. It’s possible that once you visit Open Houses, some of these items may move up or down the list. They may include such things as:

  • Open floor plan
  • Downstairs bedroom
  • Large, fenced-in backyard
  • Multi-car garage
  • Finished basement

Best: The dream scenario

This is your wow list. The items  you may not need but would love to have; the items that make your home feel like it was tailor made for you. This will include such items as:

  • High/vaulted ceilings
  • Arched hallways
  • Hardwood floors
  • Mudroom
  • Pool
  • Move-in-ready paint or wallpaper

Once you have your list done, think about visiting Open Houses. They’re a great way to see your ideas up close. Often, homebuyers’ wants and needs shift a bit after they start visiting homes. (Learn more about how to make the most of your Open House visits here.)

Have questions? We’d love to help. Call one of our Loan Officers to chat about your needs today.


Trey started in the mortgage industry in 2009 helping grow a regional lender with 150 employees to one of the nation’s 10 largest retail mortgage lenders. In this position Trey lead marketing technology innovation for sales enablement and the digital borrower experience for borrowers, loan officers and real estate agents. He joined Wyndham Capital in October 2019 to lead Marketing. His strategy of developing emotionally engaging content, tools and applications for loan officers, marketing automation and unique branding has delivered remarkable results. Since starting at Wyndham Capital, Trey has grown the marketing pillar into an internal agency focusing on three core marketing practices: brand marketing, digital marketing, and sales enablement. Under Trey’s guidance, Wyndham Capital works toward being known as the prototype for the future modern lender.

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