Local Buying Tips

Whether you currently own a home or are looking for your first one, setting out to buy a new home can be an intimidating experience. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Prepare...

         Get pre-qualified for a mortgage loan, even before you looking at homes and make an offer.  Remember you are asking a home owner to allow you into their home and to leave the property while you view the property.  A growing number homeowners require that potential buyers be pre-qualifiedGet pre-qualified and be ready to view all the properties that match your needs.

·         As a real estate professional, I can help you understand the market condition, review your financial situation, and recommend homes that are best suited for you. 

·         Schedule an appointment with me to discuss scheduling property visits and utilize online information for photos and virtual tours. 

·         Together we can review your choices and schedule showings for each home that matches your needs, interest, and desired price range.

 

As you begin to look...

·         Create a personalized list of features. What does your home need to have? What would just be nice to have?

·         Consider what's important to you in the area. What services are important to have nearby? What about the school district? Traffic conditions, parking, or public transportation?

·         Consider works with your pre-qualification from your lender. Take into account your income, debt, monthly expenses, lifestyle, etc.    

·         Make sure you feel comfortable in the neighborhood. It's not just important for the services to be convenient--you're going to want to feel at home in your new home.

 

As you look. . . 

·         During each showing, make a list of pros and cons. This will help you develop a rating system and narrow the field when it comes time to choose. 

·         Before making an offer, consider the house's condition, the current market, and other terms provided by your lender. 

 

To do list. . . 

·         If you already own a home, research short-term rental and storage options. There might be a gap between leaving your old home and moving into your new one, so you're going to want to have a plan.