#3: Are you just starting out or trading up?
Trading Up: Find Your Home Style
If you're buying your first place, chances are you're on a budget. Certain home styles, such as the durable, dependable post-war home, tend to be affordable and easy to maintain, making them great starter homes. If you're selling your first place and looking for something a bit grander, you can think beyond "basic" homes and consider styles that tend to be larger and more ornate. The French provincial style, known for its steeply pitched roof and elegant brick exterior, is popular in high-end housing developments across the country. Since these homes are often built on a grand scale, they're a good choice for trade-up buyers.