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Can We Look At Homes Now Even Though We Won't Be Ready To Buy Until Next Year?
Yesterday I had a message that said "We've been getting a lot of advice from people who have bought homes recently, or have bought a few in their lives; They recommend that we get out there and start looking at houses." Then the inquirer went on to say that they actually won't be ready to buy until next year...well OK.
This is something that is so common, especially with first time homebuyers that have no idea as to the process of buying a home. Things change so often that even experienced home buyers need to be updated on the process! I'm thankful that she sent me this message, as even though it's been a while for me since we bought our first home, I can SO remember feeling out of my element when it came to the process. First time homebuyers in the Portland Metro area..or any area for that matter have to reach out and trust those that are there to guide them through the process.
After I explained that although these folks giving advice are all well meaning, going out to look at homes before you know that you can even be approved for a loan is not the best way to go. Not only is it a project in futility, it can be frustrating for a buyer to look at homes in a higher price range...only to find out that they can't get into them.
I explained that most agents, myself included would not even take buyers out to look at homes unless they have talked to a lender and have at least a pre-qualification letter, pre-approval better yet. Listing agents and Sellers expect that Buyer's agents are bringing through their home qualified buyers who are ready.
So what advice did I give them? I suggested that they take this time to go look at open houses in the areas that they want to live. This will give them a good idea of what you can get in different price ranges. I also suggested to touch base with one of my preferred lenders so they can get a good idea of that process and what is needed on that side of things. Of course I offered up myself as a resource! I love working with first time homebuyers and I hope they decide to come to me when they are ready!
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.