Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. To ensure you make the best choice, here are some easy tips to get you started on your exciting journey to home ownership.
1. Determine your budget: Before you even start looking, you need to know how much you can comfortably afford. Don't waste your time looking at homes that you can't buy - that's a terrible way to disappoint yourself in the end.
2. Get pre-approved: This relates to tip #1 but it's also a way to boost your standing in the eyes of a home seller. Buyers that are pre-approved are nearly as good as people paying cash. Know what you can afford before you start looking at homes.
3. Differentiate between your wants and needs: What do you really NEED in a home? It might be storage space, or it might be three bedrooms. You may only WANT granite countertops and walk-in closets. Be sure to know what you need versus things that you simply want. I see couples argue about these things all the time, so be on the same page with everyone involved in the transaction.
4. Call me: I'm the best possible person you could talk to when you're looking to buy a home. I will provide you with the best real estate experience possible! I'll listen to your wants and needs and do everything within my power to satisfy you.
For more useful information on becoming an educated buyer in today's market, contact me for a free copy of my Becoming an Informed Home Buyer guide.