Don't be seduced by one amenity the house offers and give up things that will be
more important in the long run. For instance, that little cape cod may be beautifully
decorated exactly to your taste, but will be too small in 2 years.
If you are in a seller's market, don't spend too much time in the assessment phase, or
someone will buy the house out from under you. Rely on the home inspection to uncover
the potential issues with the house.
Resale value is critical. If there is some odd element of the house that doesn't bother
you, but probably bothers most everyone else, think carefully. That element is something
you will have to overcome when it's time to sell.