Many people have a clear image of their dream home that starts in their childhood.  We recognize what things we need in our daily lives and what perks could improve our lives further.  For many people, the moment they realize they can afford to get home, they leap without looking.

Here are the top reasons to consider waiting so that you can get the home of your dreams.

The Housing Market Isn’t In Your Favor.

Overall, the housing market has been wild for the last ten years.  Home prices have fluctuated and are now some of the highest they’ve been thanks to a sellers’ market.  If you’re looking at homes in your area, and none of them are affordable to you, it might not be time to purchase that dream home.  Instead, you could put that energy towards saving and thoroughly planning out what you’re looking for.

You Want to Build Your Credit Score.

Most people agree their credit score could use some help.  Whether you’re sitting at a fair 670, or you’re still trying to build your way out of the 500s: there’s always room for improvement.  Getting your credit score up before you start looking at Ottawa homes for sale is a fantastic way to ensure that you save money on interest and that you can fully afford the house before you buy it.

You Don’t Have A Pressing Need to Move.

The dream home may be calling for you, but you shouldn’t answer that call unless it’s time for you.  If your finances aren’t quite there yet, and your living situation isn’t pushing for you to need more room: wait.  No harm can come from giving the market a couple of years to even out while you keep doing what you are right now.  When there’s more of a need, it’s okay to admit that and push forward.

You Wouldn’t Be Able to Afford Updating to your Dream.

If you found a home that was close to the dream home but off by a few key parts, would you be able to afford to do those updates immediately?  If they’re large enough updates, and you couldn’t afford them, now isn’t the time for you to purchase a home.  In the future, you may find a home that closer suits the dream, or you could find a house that you could afford to update: but don’t lie to yourself about updates you can’t afford and won’t do.

Your Living Situation Future isn’t Clear.

Do you know where you’ll be in five years?  How about ten?  If you cannot answer this question with confidence, it’s not a good idea to invest in a property that will take ten to thirty years to pay off.  This problem can be easier to solve than others, with the chance to plot out your future and decide what you want, but if it’s up in the air because of your occupation, that can be harder to combat.