Be clear about what your requirements are
In order to find your very individual dream home, you must be clear about what your requirements are. In doing so, you should be as honest as possible about your own perceptions and not let yourself be led astray by friends, aspirations to impress people or beautiful photographs.
What's your homeowner personality?
Besides detached single-family homes there are other types such as semi-detached houses, row houses and condominiums. These differ not only in price but have their own advantages and disadvantages.
What should you be careful of?
The trend today is generally towards open floor plans with generously sized eating/living areas. However, once they move into such a house, many people really don't know what they should do with such a wide-open living space. Thus you should ask yourself early on whether you really want such a setup.
A further stumbling block can be children's bedrooms. They're often built far too small. The fact is that children typically need even more space than adults. Later you can always turn one into an adult's bedroom, office or guest room.