After you have chosen a location and know how much house you can afford, the fun part starts- shopping for your home. Nearly 85% of people begin their home search online, to get an idea of what is available and of houses want to tour.
Your real estate agent can search the MLS- Multiple Listing Service, for all houses listed in your area, that are listed by an agent or broker. Also, one real estate agent can show you all the homes listed on MLS, it is not necessary for you to contact each individual listing agent to set up a showing. Your agent is your go to contact to view houses, assist with contracts and help get you to closing.
When you start the search, know what you style home you are looking for:
- Do you want a fixer upper?
- Do you want a brand new home or previously owned home?
- Is a condo, duplex, or town home an option?
Once you know what you are looking for, the home search process will include: viewing several different homes, comparing them, possible second showings of your favorite house, writing up an offer and signing final contracts once an offer is accepted.