An open letter to homebuyers: How to find 'the one'

  • Buying in a seller’s market takes resilience -- and a bit of foolish hope.
  • Compatibility turns houses into homes.
  • Intuition, not wishlists, guide our decision to buy.

A house search in an inventory-strapped city such as Los Angeles can be an especially torturous exercise. I know because my husband and I have been looking off and on for over a year. There are the open houses every weekend, the daily scouring of real estate websites and the emotional highs of finding two (maybe three, if you’re lucky) properties in your price range.