Make a list of everything you want in a home. Is a master suite important? How many bathrooms? What about closet space? Do you need a yard for the kids and pets to play in? How about fireplace or bay window? Do you prefer a rambler or a multiple-story house? Are schools or access to public transportation important?
Separate the essentials from the items you could do without and put them on the "A" list. Prioritize the rest of the items into a second and third list in order of importance. We will then go over the lists so that I am very clear on what you want and need in your home.