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Buying a home is probably one of life's biggest decisions. It is one that will take a lot of thought. It is a decision that you will have to live with for at least 5 to 10 years to come, so you should make sure that you are choosing the home that is right for you. There are so many things to consider: size of house and/or property, neighborhood, schools, parks, convenience to shopping and transportation, and most of all price and how that fits in with your budget. With so much to consider you would think that it will take forever to find the perfect home. When you make the decision to buy a home you should set a plan and stick to it. Remember that its the quality not the quantity that counts.
First and most importantly, if you are buying a home with a spouse or parents or anyone else, make very sure what you want. Make sure that you talk about all of the features that you want and also the things that might be deal breakers. You don't want to waste time looking at 1 family homes if your spouse has his or hers heart set on a 2 family home. Make a list of exactly what you want and tell your agent that you do not want to waste time looking at homes that do not fit the bill. Decide what areas you want and which areas you will not even consider. Make a separate list of features that would be nice to have but are not must haves. Have this list with you whenever you go out looking at homes,and update it often, as your idea of what you want might change as you look at homes. You might see things that you hadn't considered before, you should add these to your list. And when you go out looking at houses, only bring the people who will be making the decision. Don't bring along friends or relatives because often times their opinions will only confuse you more. You should set a deadline, this doesn't have to be set in stone, but oftentimes when there is a goal in sight, it makes it easier to make a decision. If you feel that you have all the time in the world, you will find yourself looking endlessly for the perfect home.
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Before you start your home search, you should go to a reputable bank and get pre approved. The bank will tell you how much money you are qualified to borrow for a mortgage. This is very important so that you do not waste time looking at homes that you can't afford. Now that you have a price range in mind your agent can narrow the field of available homes for you to look at.
Last but not least, you need to start by finding a reputable agent. Make sure that your agent is aware of what you want and don't want in a home. If you find this agent is showing you homes that do not fit your criteria you should find another agent. You do not want to waste time looking at homes that you would not consider or can't afford.
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