Homebuyers don't always do what they say they will

Studies reveal buyers adjust their dreams to better fit their budget or lifestyle

Today — perhaps for the first time ever — here is a quantified sample of what home shoppers say they are going to do, and what they actually did to become a homebuyer.

What follows is a small sample based on two major studies comparing what 984 home shoppers said they were going to do to what 8,501 homebuyers actually did.