Buyer Resources

Buying a home is exciting, whether it’s your first home, or your fifth, the thrill is the same.

But it’s also kinda stressful. So many decisions, so much money, pressure, deadlines, things to remember, ect..

Here are some tips that can help ease the pain – but remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg, there are a TON of great resources out there, you can ask me anything .

  1. Use a buyer’s agent – using a buyer’s agent, means you are partnering with someone that has your best interests at heart, and no one else’s. A good buyer’s agent will be knowledgeable of the market and the process, they will have a good network of the other services a buyer will need, they will be great negotiators, they will have access to the Multiple Listing Service of all homes for sale, as well as be tapped into a good network of agents to be aware of houses yet to come on the market.  Mostly, make sure you trust your buyer’s agent!
  2. Get Pre-Approved by a good lender – in this competitive market, it’s best, actually essential, to get pre-approved before going out to look.  Pre-approval is different from getting pre-qualified. A mortgage lender can pre-qualify you via phone usually, based on some basic info, and can give you an estimate of what you may qualify for. However pre-approval is more solid, it means you have completed the mortgage application and provided your financial information. It is important because it gives you, the buyer, confidence to know exactly how much you can afford. And it gives you credibility in the eyes of the seller, as a legit buyer who can get the loan necessary to buy their house.
  3. Define your wants, must haves, would like to haves, definite no-no’s ect… – being clear and narrowing down your criteria makes the process much smoother, and saves time. Of course these things may change over the course of searching, as you see things you like, or realize that something you thought was essential is rarely available.
  4. Be open Minded and Flexible – often what you set out looking for is not realistic in your price range, or area, be open, you never know what gem you will find
  5. Be responsible – trust your agent, they know what they are doing and will be working for your best interest, but you should still do your research and make sure. Get an inspection, research any features about the house that are unique, if you are planning to remodel, add on or rebuild, look into the zoning, and permits, and costs. Just stay aware
  6. Have a blast – it’s FUN to look at houses, it’s FUN to imagine your new furniture and paint, and if your agent is FUN, then it’s FUN to hang out with them in the process

I have many resources and contacts that can help you, never hesitate to reach out and ask.

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