Below are 3 easy tips to help give buyers a jump start on the home buying process. As professionals in real estate, it is our job to answer every question, follow up every action, and oversee every detail of the home you decide to purchase. Here are a few helpful suggestions:
1: Do not go house hunting without a general idea of what it is that you want. Browse online at different homes and find a few layouts that interest you (duplex, colonial, bungalow, etc.). You will save a lot of time.
2: Be reasonable when making an offer. It conveys to the seller that you are genuinely interested in the home. A reasonable offer would not insult the seller or adversely affect the outcome of the purchase. In today’s market, the new norms are full offers and over-list prices. Buyers choose based on their situation.
3: Always take a tour of the inside as well as the outside of the home. While the inside of the home shows the “personality”, the outside of the home shows its “face”. Ask your real estate agent, if possible, about housing violations, wiring, heating, etc. These may end up costing you more money in repairs after closing if you do not ask about them before that time comes.
When purchasing a home, it is not just about the house. It’s about your personal and family growth, security in your future, and your peace of mind. Remember, a conversation with your real estate agent before you decide to buy can save you a lot of time and money. Not to mention peace of mind.