Being a first time home buyer is exciting, scary and overwhelming all at the same time. It’s like driving in a wooded area with no GPS trying to make it to the other side alive. Make sure you find an experienced REALTOR that can guide you & prepare you to the upcoming obstacles.
Here are a couple of things I think you should know as you start your journey to find a home:
- Choose a REALTOR that you are comfortable reaching out to & asking ANY question. One that is available to you and can work with your schedule. Also, if you choose one that is a member of a team – find out how does that really work; will you see your REALTOR while showing homes and then work with someone else once under contract? – how do you feel about that? Be honest with yourself on how much you need hand holding and understand that it is PERFECTLY normal to NEED help 🙂
- Get PRE-APPROVED! Reach out to at least one mortgage loan officer and find out what your buying power is. This will allow you to stay within your budget and when need be, you are prepared to put an offer.
- You started looking at properties online and the first thing you go by are PICTURES. Well, I am here to tell you that PICTURES LIE!!!. What do I mean? If you see pictures and the house looks gorgeous – Ask your REALTOR to schedule a showing for you. If you see a house with horrible pictures (or none at all) but the details make sense (location, size, number of rooms, etc) – Ask your REALTOR to schedule a showing for you. What I am saying is that you shouldn’t avoid seeing home just because the pictures are bad…which leads me to the next point.
- Choose GOOD BONES…You can always add granite counters in the kitchen and hardwood floors but if the structure of the home & size don’t fit you – move on. Don’t fall for a home that is ‘pretty’.
- LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! – You cannot move a house no matter how hard you try. If you don’t like the location – keep looking.
- Do your homework – Don’t just rely on online school ratings (GreatSchools.org) Schedule time to visit the school and meet the staff. Establish YOUR OWN opinion.
- Remember that there is NO perfect home…but there is one that is perfect for you and what you need or at least very close to that.
Have fun!!! I am here to help if you have questions.
Happy house hunting ~ Sigal