A while back I compared job hunting to dating. Evidently, there are also lots in common between house hunting and dating:-
(1) First time round, you really have no idea what you are looking for. Heck, you don't even know what to expect.
(2) After a few times (dating, or looking at houses), you start to get an idea of what there are out there and what your own preferences are.
(3) When you are a seasoned seeker, you have a list, you know exactly what sells to you, and what turns you off.
(4) In the end, at least if you are normal, you'll end up with something that is close but not 100% match your list; and sometimes, that little unmatched percentage will turn out to be a pleasant surprise. :)