The Home Buying Process
You've decided the time has come for you to buy a home and now you need to make sure you do things to help ensure you and your family get in the right home for the right price and in a time frame that works well for you. Here is a guide that will help you know what to do, so you can see all the results you want:
Get yourself a real estate agent
The sooner you start working with an agent, the sooner they can start helping you become educated on the home buying process and they can start putting their feelers out for a home that you will find to be a great match for you and your family.
Learn about the home prices in your area
Even though you are working with an agent, you want to stay on top of things on your own as well. Start checking the local house listings online and learning about the prices in your area. By learning what homes are going for, you can get a realistic view of the type of home you will really be able to afford.
Go over your finances to determine a realistic price for you
You may be preapproved for an amount that will realistically be more than you can afford. The best way for you to determine this ahead of time, before its too late and you are having financial difficulties in your new home, is to go over all of your regular expenses and factor in what your expenses will be in a new place. Once you know how much you can really afford, you will know which homes are in your price range.
Prepare everyone for compromises
While everyone in your household may have a perfect home in mind, the perfect home may be hard to find or a bit out of your price range. Therefore, you need to know where everyone is willing to compromise, so you end up in a house that everyone will be happy with for a price you can afford.
Set yourself up for home-buying success
Once you are ready to start shopping, you want to keep your credit score stable by not opening new accounts and by continuing to pay bills on time. Get pre-approved in order to present yourself to sellers and selling agents as a serious buyer. Give your real estate agent a final list of things you want in a house that are definite must-haves. Get ready to start visiting homes that meet your criteria and are in your price range in order to start the home-buying process.