May 18th, 2020 9:43 AM by Jackie A. Graves, President
When looking for a new home, you have a lot to consider. There
are many options on the market, but only a few that meet your needs. You
deserve the home of your dreams, and that means scouring the market for the
perfect property. Follow these tips to simplify your search.
Before you start your search, make a list of everything you need
in a property. This should include your maximum budget for a home, the number
of bedrooms it must have, and the size of the yard. If there are other details
that matter, like a pool or a fenced-in yard, include those on your list.
Then, make a list of your wants. Although you would settle for
three bedrooms, you may prefer four. On this list, include everything that’s
not a necessity but would be icing on the cake.
You’ve heard it before - location matters. As you begin your
search for homes, consider which areas you would like to move to. Is the
location dependent on the commute time? Do you want to be in a certain school
While it’s great to pinpoint a few neighborhoods, you should
also keep an open mind. There may be other areas of which you are unfamiliar. A
real estate agent could help you find the best location for your lifestyle.
As you search for a home, you’ll probably go to many showings.
When you arrive at a new property, come prepared. Have a list of questions you
want to ask the real estate agent. While the listing should give you some
information, not everything will be included in the property description.
Some important questions to ask include:
• When was the roof installed or redone?
• Is the HVAC system new?
• Is everything up to code?
While walking around the property, have an eye for detail. If
anything looks unfinished or in disrepair, make a note of it. Although it might
not be significant enough to keep you from buying the home, it could be enough
for you to request a lower price. Keep a list of all of your concerns. After
the showing, express your concerns to your realtor.
Your dream home could be hiding under your nose. But to find it,
you need to be open-minded. For instance, you might see a picture of a home
that doesn’t visually appeal to you.
After reading the description, you could find that it meets all
of your desires. If you choose to buy the home, you could make a few changes to
the home to make it more your style.
Unless you are a real estate professional, you probably don’t
have the resources and tools needed to find the right property. Looking online
will only get you so far. A real estate broker has insider knowledge of the
local market. They know where to look for the latest listings and can help you
pinpoint the ideal neighborhood.
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