When my partner and I first went to a realtor to look at homes, they asked if we were really ready to buy. That is something we never really asked ourselves. This fits with the first step in our text, identify and diagnose the problem. We went home and thought about this for a month.
The stages in just answering if we were ready really fit the decision-making process our text shows. At that time I had searched online and found the same information and decision-making process.
Our first stage was why do we want to move (identify and diagnose the problem).
The problem are family was growing and we needed space. The part of town we lived in was turning for the worse. Are school was one that was to be shut down to save money.
The second stage was to see what else could be done instead of buying (generating alternative solutions). We looked into other rentals around town, looked at staying where we were and if we could make it work. Even looked at moving into with family. After looking at the alternative we took time to see if they fit us. Question we asked what we get out of using an alternative in stead of buying. He looked at freedom to move when and if needed, saving of money, security and safety of our family, and the over all well being of our families life.