It's a popular trick on those reality house-hunting shows — the real estate agent asks the buyers to make a list of everything they want. Then the agent takes them to a home that fulfills the wish list — and then drops the hammer that the house is about a million dollars over the buyer's budget.
No, you can't always get what you want, but maybe it's not your budget. Maybe it's your market.
Apparently 1 in 10 home searches nationally are "mismatched" when you compare what the buyer wants and what is available for sale, a jump from just 8 percent a year ago. That is the finding of a new report from real estate listing company Trulia, which compared the search results of potential buyers to the actual number of homes that met the search criteria in each market.