Finding the Right Home

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The first step is sitting down with a real estate agent to discuss your needs, desired location, style of home, amenities, budget, and time line for moving.

A lender should be contacted done prior to looking at homes so that an accurate idea about budget and the ability to qualify for a mortgage can be assessed. Most home sellers require a pre-approval from to accompany all offers. Taking care of this step early helps make the process much less stressful.

Searching for a Home
Many home buyers begin their search on the internet for their new home. This is a wonderful way to see the prices and availability in the target area. Homes listed on Realtor.com, and many other online home sales websites, are pulled directly from the MLS in real time.

Real estate agents can help you by accessing a Listing Service which covers all properties listed for sale within a specific area. Together, you can select the homes you would like to see, set appointments, and preview homes in a short period of time. An agent can guide you through the entire process.

Newspaper Ads/Internet
Many people go through the real estate classified section or browse the Internet to find a home that appeals to them. However, your real estate agent will have many listings available that may not appear in the newspaper or Internet on a continuous basis. New listings come on the market daily.

Multiple Listing Service
Your real estate agent should have access to the multiple listing service if it is available in your area. It usually includes the following details about homes and properties for sale:
• Location
• Price
• Photograph
• Utilities
• Amenities
• Annual property tax
• Current financing (when assumable)
• Listing company

When Previewing A Home
• Write notes when previewing a home so you will be able to discuss the details later with your real estate agent.
• Ask questions about the home and discuss any objections or concerns you may have.
• Ask about the community – schools, shopping and transportation.
• Ask specific questions about the construction of the home; electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling systems, etc.2

Have Fun
Relax. Finding your new home can be a rewarding experience. Have a good time and enjoy the process.

 

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