If your goal is to purchase a home in 2022, what steps should you take in preparation for that move?
If your home purchase requires a loan, the first step should be to get pre-qualified to know what price point you should be looking in and have a clear understanding of what to expect and feel comfortable with your monthly payment.
Once you know the price range you are comfortable in, you should start thinking about what you want in a home, things like how far from work, your family & friends, and places you frequent to choose the locations/towns in your search. You can put together your wish list. Keep that handy but focus on what you MUST have and what you are sure you don't want. Keeping the rest open is best. You will fine-tune your preferences when you start looking.
Once pre-qualified and you have your list, it's time to set up an appointment with a Realtor who can represent you and help you through the process. We can set an online home search for you based on your criteria, where you can get automatic emails that will come to you within minutes of a new listing entering the market.
Many home buyers start looking for homes online before contacting a Realtor to begin the process. The National Association of Realtors survey of Home Buyers and Sellers 2021 report shows that 41% of home buyers started their search online, while 19% contacted a Realtor first.
If your goal is to be in a home later in the year, it's OK to start now. Being prepared and going through the process in this order will ensure you have done all you can to make this process as smooth and as fun as possible.