February 6, 2019 | Barb Huntley
Know What You Want – It seems obvious but, in our experience, a lot of home buyers don’t know exactly what they are looking for. And, if you don’t know what you’re looking for how are we supposed to know? So, we suggest spending a lot of time researching and discussing what type of home you are looking for. There are significant differences in condos, townhomes and single-family residents, and if you know which one you would prefer it will narrow down your search. We have written plenty of blogs on the pros, cons and differences in all of the above, so you can refer to them when choosing what you want.
 
Know Where You Want to Live– Don’t waste your time or an agent’s time searching for a home in a city or neighborhood you absolutely will not live in. If you can decide where you want to live it makes finding a home a lot easier. Consider schools, amenities, community, and location when you are choosing an area.
 
Get Your Finances in Order Before You Look at Home– Do you know how much you can afford? If you don’t, we suggest taking the time and talking to your bank about mortgage options before looking at homes. Not only will this narrow down your home buying options, but it will also keep your expectations at a realistic level when you are searching. There’s no need to walk into that home’s way over your budget only to be disappointed when you realize you can’t really buy it without being in financial trouble. Healthy finances are more important than that extra guest bedroom!
 
Hire a Professional– Want to make your home buying process as easy as possible? Hire a professional. A professional will do the grunt work for you of finding possible homes, knowing the financing details, information on sellers, extra costs associated with individual homes, and so on. They will save you time and most importantly a headache! 
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