Set your top three to five criteria based on what you can afford, your daily housing needs, and your lifestyle. List your 'must have' amenities and your 'nice to have' amenities. Does your short list look like that of your partner? If not, how will you reconcile your varying priorities? It is best to agree in advance on at least three shared top priorities. If you do not, every house will become a topic of hot debate and your house hunting will be a frustrating process.