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How to get started finding your next home

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Real Estate Agent with Associate Broker, Momentum Realty

 

You have made the decision to buy a new house, but how do you get started?
 
Here are 5 things you can easily do to get you going on the path to home ownership:
 
  1. Identify some areas that you like and that are in your price range. This is a step Soldtowards getting started, but it is also one that will continue until the day you settle on your new home.
  2. Ask your friends and family for a Realtor® referral. Most people report being very satisfied with their Realtor®, so why not take advantage of their experience?  Wouldn't you rather get a review from someone you know and trust instead of from a stranger on the Internet?
  3. Get your financing in order. This step can be done before number 2, but a good Realtor®. will have great lender referrals. These will be people that work hard to get you in the right program and, most importantly, get you to closing! For this reason, a lot of folks find it helpful to pick their Realtor® first!
  4. Set up your technology. A good Realtor® will be able to provide you with tools to facilitate your search. Why waste your time with some crappy tool you find on-line or in the app store?
  5. Understand your timeline.  Do you have a lease? Do you need to get out of Mom and Dad's basement? Do you need a bigger/smaller/closer place?  Be realistic about how long it will take you to find a home and back into when to start your search. A good Realtor® can help you figure out your timing.
 
There are many, many more things that go into finding a new home. If you start with these five things, however, you will make your search more efficient and less stressful.

 

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Comments(4)

David Bracklow
Century 21 Arizona Foothills - Chandler, AZ
GRI / Homes for Sale in Chandler Az

Great Blog. Thank you for sharing.

Jan 06, 2015 01:18 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Holly Weatherwax Great blog post and I would add to the list: Discuss with your significant partner, what key attributes are 'Needs' and 'Wants'. before engaging with a real estaste pro.

Jan 06, 2015 01:25 AM
Rob Marken
Bend River Realty - Bend, OR
25+ years experience in Bend

Great points for buyers! These tips will really help buyers get prepared for purchasing a home! Thanks for sharing. 

Jan 06, 2015 01:39 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Friends can be a good resource for finding an agent. However, it's important to choose someone who is local and knows the market well.

Jan 06, 2015 04:43 AM