In our experience, a house is not a dream home because of its size or color. It’s about how you feel when you walk through the front door – the way you can instantly see your life unfolding there. This is about more than real estate. It’s about your life and your dreams.
Owning your own home is one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever enjoy. But how much you know about the buying process, and whom you choose to help you, can save you from unnecessary headaches and unforeseen hassles.
There are many aspects of the home buying process that require explanation and the more you know, the better position you will be in when it’s time to sign papers. This is where we come in, offering the guidance, information and assistance that only a qualified real estate professional can provide. And because we stay on top of all the latest real estate laws and regulations, you can rest assured that you are always getting the expert advice and service you deserve. We can also help you team up with a proven financial expert to put the best loan package together for you.
When you have a dedicated team working together on a planned strategy, chances are you’ll be moving into your dream home sooner than you might imagine.
Here are some things to keep in mind before and during your search:
*Do the math and establish your purchasing power. Meet with a lender who will help you determine which type of financing will work best for you and how much you qualify for with each type. Getting pre-approved can put you in a much stronger negotiating position because it shows the seller that you are a committed buyer, financially capable of buying the property and more likely to close on it.
*Commit to working with a strong buyer’s agent like me who will look after your best interests and work with your schedule.
*Start surfing. One of the most important tools you’ll need for your house hunt can be found right in your own home or office – the Internet. Nearly every home on the market is listed somewhere on the Internet because real estate agents know the majority of people turn to the web first when looking for a new home. Start looking on websites like Trulia.com, Realtor.com, MLS.com and Zillow.com for homes that fit your particular criteria. You can register for e-mail alerts below to have homes sent to you so you can investigate further.
*Location, location, location. Narrow your search before you start touring every house in town. Decide what neighborhoods work best for you and your family. Check out school districts, shopping and dining, public transportation, recreational areas and crime statistics.
*List your priorities and prepare to compromise. Make a list of the features you are looking for in a house and rate them on a scale of one to five, with five being a feature you can’t live without. Then, bring your list with you as you tour homes to keep score.
With this checklist and the right market conditions, you are well on the road to home happiness. For additional information on the opportunities in today’s market or for expert representation, contact us today.
We look forward to helping you achieve success with this major milestone in your life.