Useful Tips for Rochester MN Home Buyers

By
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Results

Since the shortest day of the year has passed and the new year is upon us many new real estate listings are on the market, it's the perfect time to begin looking for your next home in the Rochester MN area. Your home search doesn't have to be an overwhelming task though. By following a few helpful hints, you'll simplify your real estate search and win the house-hunting game.

1) Know Your Budget Avoid the frustration of spending days looking at Rochester MN Real Estate that is $50,000 over your price range. Begin the process by talking with a mortgage loan officer to determine your mortgage limits and the best mortgage for your situation. The time you take at this step will save you countless hours later.

2) Know Your Housing Needs Before you start looking, make a list of your requirements. How many bedrooms and bathrooms? Garage space? Amenities such as air conditioning or fireplace? Schools? Which area of Rochester MN do you want to live? Knowing what you need before you start your search will save you tons of time and energy.

3) Research the Neighborhood Once you find the home that meets your needs, get the facts about the Rochester Minnesota neighborhood. You may wish to talk to neighbors, check with the police department, and visit the neighborhood at various times of the day.

4) Limit the Amount of Advice Once you've found that perfect house, you'll probably want to ask everyone you know what they think of it. Don't do it! Your home is a personal choice, not a group project. If you need support, ask one or two qualified, objective people who can give you an honest opinion.

Comments (1)

Anthony Stokes-Pereira
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Nanuet, NY
Realtor

Hi Beth;

Grea Post and super tips for home buyers, also If the home they are purchasing doesn't come with a Home Protection Plan, the new home owner may want to consider one. After all, breakdowns happen even in the best of homes. The dishwasher or something else goes on the blink - and these breakdowns are not typically covered under homeowners' insurance. A Home Protection Plan can relieve you of these worries. The plan offers replacement or repair protection for covered major appliances and systems, with qualified contractors only a phone call away, 24 hours a day.

Mar 20, 2009 04:59 AM