5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search

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Real Estate Agent with REMAX Realty Group Lic. # SL3154233

In today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. Here are five tips from realtor.com’s article, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind.”

1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search

 

One way to show you’re serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage. Even if you’re in a market that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is within your reach. This will help you avoid the disappointment of falling in love with a home well outside your price range.

 

2. Know the Difference Between Your ‘Must-Haves’ and ‘Would-Like-To-Haves’

 

Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen to be happy with your home choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Before you start your search, list all the features of a home you would like. Qualify them as ‘must-haves’, ‘should-haves’, or ‘absolute-wish list’ items. This will help you stay focused on what’s most important.

3. Research and Choose a Neighborhood Where You Want to Live

Every neighborhood has unique charm. Before you commit to a home based solely on the house itself, take a test-drive of the area. Make sure it meets your needs for “amenities, commute, school district, etc. and then spend a weekend exploring before you commit.”

 

4. Pick a House Style You Love and Stick to It

 

Evaluate your family’s needs and settle on a style of home that will best serve those needs. Just because you’ve narrowed your search to a zip code doesn’t mean you need to tour every listing in that vicinity. An example from the article says, “if you have several younger kids and don’t want your bedroom on a different level, steer clear of Cape Cod–style homes, which typically feature two or more bedrooms on the upper level and the master on the main.”

 

5. Document Your Home Visits

 

Once you start touring homes, the features of each individual home will start to blur together. The article suggests keeping your camera handy and making notes on the listing sheet to document what you love and don’t love about each property you visit.

Bottom Line

In a high-paced, competitive environment, any advantage you can give yourself will help you on your path to buying your dream home.

 

info provided by KCM

 

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Abby Stiller 

Realtor® Lic. #3154233    

12 Years of Experience

RE/MAX Realty Group    Cape Coral Fort Myers Naples  Realtor Cape Coral      

 

I help Home buyers find their dream home & Homeowners sell for more. Thinking of buying or selling? Call/Text me: 239-284-8637   Your Honest & Dedicated Realtor!

or visit: www.TeamStiller.com

 

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Raymond Henson
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Recently, I have been showing houses to a young first time homebuyer.  He needed to get out and look at (research) home styles in different neighborhoods.  Now he knows and will be confident making a purchase when the time comes.  Great list!

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Will Hamm
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Hello Abby Stiller,  Another keeper of a blog by you here in the rain,  I will try to blog it sometime.

 

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Abby Stiller
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And those buyer chose the right agent to help with the buying process in ELk Grove Raymond Henson I know you'll get them under contract soon!

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Abby Stiller
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Thanks my friend you are so kind Will Hamm 

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Abby,

What a nice discussion and suggestions for wise home buying.  Happy Tuesday!  A

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