Everyone has the ideal 'wish list' that they mentally carry around and dream about when beginning a home search...
But we all know (homeowners or not) that it's not the norm to put a giant red check mark on all of them with a smile on your face as you sign your papers.
We are told to be realistic with 'must-haves' when searching for our homes (especially the first one). Lists are made, remade and trimmed down to the things that are most important and really can't be budged on, but still it's likely that when it comes time to pull the trigger you may find that you aren't going to get everything. It's then that the real must-haves surface.
When that time came for you, what did you give up that you had thought was an absolute necessity? Have you been able to live without it?
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