The answer is quite simple actually: you just know. When you walk into your future home, you will know. You'll feel the excitement building as soon as you pull up in front of the house. When opening the front door, it will feel like opening the door to your home. You will feel comfortable being there and you'll be able to easily envision yourself living there. You'll check off many (or all) of the items on your must-have list and will find yourself easily willing to compromise on your would-be-nice list.
Should I sense a bit of doubt or uncertainty, then I always pose the question: If this house were to go under contract tomorrow, how would you feel? If you answer is: It would be OK, I would just move on and look for another option. Then it's not the one for you. But if your answer is: I love this house, I would be upset! Then let's dig deeper, pull the comps, review the disclosures, talk to your loan officer and move forward because it sounds like the one for you.
And if it is, all the other pieces of the home-buying puzzle will fit together, too! If it doesn't work out, it's not the right house!
For me, one of the most exciting aspects of assisting Silver Spring, MD home buyers is that I will be able to tell, too, if it's the one for you. It's a combination of experience, listening skills, capacity for empathy and being diligent in my research, I always know when my buyers and I have found the right home. It's a terrific moment - one that I love to experience again and again.
Silver Spring, MD Home Buyer FAQ: How will I know if it's the right house?