We have some tips of the trade that we’d like to share with you.
1. Research before you look.
Start early and decide what features you most want to have in a home and if those features fit your budget. Think about your previous homes and make a list of features you liked and features you’d rather live without.
2. Be realistic.
Be picky, but realistic in your expectations. Use your list of priorities as a guide to evaluate each property.
3. Get your finances in order.
Review your finances with your lender. Discuss all of your options. Don’t forget your 401K or other investments as a possible resource for down payment or closing costs.
4. Don’t ask too many people for opinions.
Everyone will quickly become a real estate expert when you tell them you are looking for a new home. Select one or two people to turn to if you feel you need a second opinion, but be ready to make the final decision that fits your needs and your life.
5. Think long term.
Are you looking for a starter house with plans to move up in a few years, or do you hope to stay in this home for a longer period? This decision may dictate what type of home you’ll buy as well as the type of mortgage terms that will best suit you.
6. Insist on a home inspection.
We always recommend a home inspection performed by a licensed, qualified inspector. We also recommend a Home Warranty covering at least one year from the date of purchase.
7. Get help from a Full-Time, Dedicated REALTOR®.
Frequent communication and education is critical to success.