House hunting is more than just finding a house you like. There are a lot of factors to consider when shopping for real estate to make sure you choose the right house for you and your family. Buying a house is a huge investment and you don’t want to regret your choice. Here are some questions to ask as you walk through each prospective home:* Is it big enough? This is basic-are there enough rooms for now and for you to grow? Make sure the rooms and your living areas are big enough as well.* Is the lot big enough or too big? If you have kids and pets, a nice sized back yard is important. But, if you are not a fan of yard work, you want to make sure the lot is not bigger than you are willing to maintain. It may be a great house, but if aren’t going to maintain the landscaping, the investment doesn’t make sense.* Does the layout make sense? Some people like to get cute with the design of their house and it makes sense to them, but not to others. What’s that wall for and what in the world can you do with this tiny room? You need to make sure you can work with the space inside and utilize as much of it as you can.* Can you see your stuff in the house? This works best in an empty house, but visual your furniture in each room. Will your things fit? For instance, you don’t want your king size bed to take up all the space in the master bedroom.* Is the location desirable? If you have children, you need to know what school district the house is in. Find out how long the commute is for you to get to work. Are you going to spend a lot of time in the car?If the home is near a body of water or at a low elevation, are you going to have to worry about flooding? This can increase your insurance rates a significant amount. On the other hand, being close to a fire station is good for your rates. Think about the places you like to frequent. Will you have to travel far to get to them?* Can you afford it? Think about the future as well. Maybe you can afford the home right now, but do you have job security? You need to make sure you can still afford the payments in case your situation changes. Also, you need to understand the terms of your mortgage. Is it a fixed rate or variable meaning your payments can go up in the future? Just because you can afford the teaser rate payment doesn’t mean you can afford future payments.* How long will you be in it? When you buy real estate, you may think the last thing you should think about is selling it, but you should. A home’s resale value is important if you aren’t going to stay in it forever or if you want to get a line of credit to fix it up. Consider these factors while shopping and you should get a piece of real estate that you can be happy with for years to come.