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5 Tips to Get the Best House for the Best Price

Real Estate Agent with Meridian Capital Real Estate BRE# 01435250

When it comes to navigating the real estate market, there are some key strategies that can make all the difference. Let's dive in and explore a few essential tips for success:

First off, let's talk pre-approval versus pre-qualification. If you want to show sellers you mean business, aim for pre-approval. While pre-qualification is a good starting point, it doesn't carry as much weight since it's based solely on your answers to a few questions. Pre-approval, on the other hand, involves verification of all your financial info, giving sellers confidence in your ability to secure financing.

Now, onto the age-old dilemma of buying and selling. If you're looking to make a move, it's generally a good idea to sell your current property before diving into a new purchase. Why? Because trying to juggle both transactions at once can lead to headaches and added pressure. Plus, sellers are more likely to negotiate if they know you've got cash in hand.

Next up, the game of nines. Before you start your house hunt, make a list of nine must-haves and nine deal-breakers. Use this as your guiding light when evaluating potential properties. Focus on substance over style—things like location, neighborhood, and floor plan are what really matter in the long run.

And here's a word of caution: don't let pressure push you into a decision. Take your time, explore your options, and don't settle until you find the right fit. Gone are the days of rushed deals—there's no need to jump on the first property that catches your eye.

When it comes to property listings, remember that ads can be deceiving. That's where having a trusted agent by your side can make all the difference. They'll have the inside scoop on off-market deals and can help you navigate the process with confidence.

And finally, don't forget to do your homework on school districts if you've got kiddos in tow. Check out class sizes, SAT scores, and achievements to ensure you're making the best choice for your family.

So there you have it—some tried-and-true tips for navigating the real estate market like a pro. With a little patience, preparation, and the right support team, you'll be well on your way to finding your dream home.

John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Helo Matt Helganz these are very good list of tips to get the best house for the best price.

Feb 22, 2024 09:07 PM
Matt Helganz

Hello! I'm glad you found the tips helpful. Buying a house can be a big decision, so having some useful guidance can make the process smoother. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask!

Feb 23, 2024 12:23 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice to share.

I hope you are having a productive month.

Feb 23, 2024 04:46 AM
Matt Helganz

Thank you, Roy! Hope you have a productive month as well!

Feb 23, 2024 12:22 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Matt. Like your suggestion of the "list of nines"! It can save time and heartache. Enjoy your day.

Feb 23, 2024 05:22 AM
Matt Helganz

I'm glad you liked the "list of nines" suggestion. It's a simple but effective way to streamline decision-making and prioritize tasks. Wishing you a fantastic day ahead!

Feb 23, 2024 12:22 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Feb 23, 2024 05:32 AM
Matt Helganz

You're welcome! I'm glad you found the information helpful. Wishing you a fantastic day ahead as well! If you ever need more tips or have any questions, feel free to reach out.

Feb 23, 2024 12:23 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Welcome to the Rain. Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a follower. I would love the follow back. Also, then we both get 50 points. Bill

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Feb 23, 2024 05:50 AM
Matt Helganz

Thank you for the warm welcome to the Rain! I'm glad you enjoyed my blog page. I've followed you back, and I appreciate the support. Here's to both of us earning those 50 points!

Feb 23, 2024 12:24 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Matt and great blog to share with us here in the Rain.  Can I re blog it in the coming weeks?


Feb 23, 2024 09:09 AM
Matt Helganz

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words about the blog. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Feel free to reblog it whenever you like. Sharing is caring, after all! If you need any more information or have any other questions, just let me know.

Feb 23, 2024 12:13 PM