Buying a home is one of the most important decision you can make. Therefore, it is critical for you to consider several factors. You can start by establishing priorities in the following three areas:
Location, Location, Location: Are you relocating to a new town because of a new job, or to be closer to your current job? How will the location of schools, shops, and transportation affect your choice of neighborhoods and consider commute time to these variables.
Personal tastes: How large a home do you need? What style of architecture do you prefer? On what kind of lot? Do you want a home in a gated community, non-gated, pool, or ease of accessibility?
Budget: How much can you afford to pay per month?
As you consider these areas, do a little research of your own by conducting a property search, and reviewing neighborhood info. Drive by the area during different times and weekdays and observe traffic patterns and other factors important to your family.
For affordability, try our mortgage and affordability calculator.
Finally, contact me today for help in finding neighborhoods and properties that appeal to you and your family. The more knowledgeable you become, the better your final decision is likely to be.
Be prepared to look around and visually inspect the home. After all, you want to know as much as possible about the home you buy. Sellers know this because their home is on the market, it will be looked over pretty thoroughly.
Many people buy a home to get extra space for growing families, changing lifestyles, or to more comfortably host guests. Extra space also makes homes more appealing to buyers when it comes time to sell. Here are 8 questions to ask—and answer—when looking at properties:
As a rule of thumb, ask any questions you have about specific rooms, features, lot size, deed restrictions, community amenities, or functions. Pay attention to areas that you feel could become “problem” areas—additions, defects, or even areas that have been repaired.
Feel free to ask as much as possible until you are fully satisfied. I will be more than happy to provide you with detailed information about each home you see.
There is no set number of homes you should look at before you decide to make an offer on one. That’s why providing me with as many details as possible up front is critical in my effectiveness.
Some people prefer new construction homes, which usually have more space in the rooms, like a family room, master bedrooms or activity area. They are usually easier to maintain. Also, new construction homes have different choices and packages to choose from. This option allows you to get exactly what you want.
However, many resale homes offer more total space for the money, as well as larger yards or lot size. Taxes on older homes may be lower. Some people are may be attracted to an older home, but shy away because they are concerned about potential maintenance costs or hidden damages. If you want peace of mind, then purchasing an American Home Shield Plan will help protect you against unexpected repairs on many home systems and appliances for a full year or more after you move in.
The perfect home may be waiting for you upon your first visit. If it is not, the house-hunting process will help you get a feeling for the homes in the community and help narrow your choices to a hand full of homes that are worth a second look. Also, be sure to take some pictures of all the homes you like. That will make it easier to remember and reach a decision.