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Focus the Search

You can whittle days off the house hunting process if you set your priorities. Before you start your search, decide what you need, what you'd like and what you don't want. Then you (and your agent (Liz Sidorowicz) can sort through home listings more efficiently.

Ask yourself:

> Do you want a single-family home, a condominium or a townhouse?
A single-family home gives you more ownership, but more responsibility too. A condominium or townhouse may include services and amenities, but requires you to help pay community costs and make community decisions. Think about the pros and cons before you decide.

> Do you want to buy new or resale?
With a new home, new construction and materials may decrease maintenance costs, but you may have fewer choices in terms of style and neighborhood. With a resale, you generally pay less to live in a more established neighborhood, but may have higher maintenance costs. Think about the pros and cons before you decide.

> What kind of neighborhood do you want to live in?
Think about neighborhood qualities that matter to you, such as good schools.

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