So you fixed your credit score, saved enough for a down payment, know what you can afford, and have selected a new real estate agent to help you… now you need to find the perfect home for your family. House hunting can be tough because of all the decisions you’ll need to make. Do you want to live in the city, the suburbs, or the country? Do you want a condo or house? Do you want a 2 story or a ranch? It’s easy to get distracted and overwhelmed! This “Buying a House Series” is made with years of experience on the best way to get your life in order so you can get a loan and find the home you want at the price you want. Use the following the tips below to make the process much smoother on you…
Start By Talking to Your Agent
Only you know what you really want and can afford but an agent can give you the pros and cons to every decision. Use their experience to help guide you to the type of home you want and can afford. Your agent needs to know what you want and why you’re moving to find the best fit for you. Do you have kids on the way? Do you have a new job? Are the kids out of the house and are you looking to downsize? Do you have a hard time walking up stairs or will you in the near future?
Patience Will Pay Dividends In Many Ways!
Everybody wants to find the home of their dreams fast. It can cloud your judgement and make you overlook some structural problems because there is a great pool and deck outside. Try to be patience and look at each property objectively as you can. You’re going to be at this new property for a pretty long time and you want to make the right decision.
Get Past the Current Decorating
Look for quality and potential. Don’t worry about paint colors or bad window coverings. Worry about views, structure, layout, area, etc. Most people aren’t good at decorating their homes and in most cases they aren’t going to have your same taste. Get past it and use your vision to see what you could do easily to the property after you own it.
What’s Your Gut Tell You
Intuition is powerful. Some places just feel right and some places don’t. If a home has all your wants and needs checked off but still doesn’t “do it” for you then walk away! Buying a home is an objective and subjective decision. You have to walk with one foot in each of them to make the best decisions.
Tip: Bring a camera and document your walkthrough so you can review it later.
Buying a House Series Posts
- Buying a House Series – #2 Tips on Saving Up for a Down Payment on a Home
- Buying a House Series - #1 How Do I Check My Credit Score? How Do I Clean Up My Credit Score?
- Buying a House Series #11 - Tips for a Successful Final Walkthrough
- Buying a House Series #10 - Knowing Where and How to Negotiate On Your Closing Costs
- Buying a House Series #9 - Tips On Getting The Best Home Loan in the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky Area
- Buying a House Series #8 - A Thorough Home Inspection is a Crucial Step To Buying a Home!
- Buying a House Series #7 - The Bank Will Need to Appraise the House You Want to Finance
- Buying a House Series #6 - Making an Offer On the Home You Want
- Buying a House Series #5 - Finding the Right Home For Your Family in the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky Area
- Buying a House Series #4 - Tips On Finding the Right Real Estate Agent in the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky Area
- Buying a House Series - #3 Tips on Finding Out How Much You Can Afford to Spend on Your Next Home
Tom Reese has 20+ years experience in helping his clients buy the homes they want at a price they can afford. Tom has helped his clients buy and sell property in every neighborhood in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.
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