5 TIPS FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS
- Check your numbers
Do a little math homework first. Check your credit scores, pay off credit cards and get prequalified for a home loan through a respectable lender to see just how much house you can afford before you start looking. It’ll save a lot of time and potential disappointment later down the road.
- List your desires
Make a list of what’s important to you in a home. How close to work or school would you like to live? Is a nice-size yard important? Do you want a brand new home or an older home with character? How many bedrooms and bathrooms are required to meet the future needs of your growing family? Answering these questions now will save valuable time and energy in your search.
- Research neighborhoods
Consider the different neighborhoods in the area of town you’d like to live. What are the styles of homes? What’s the average price of homes? What are the neighbors like? Is there a park or playground nearby? What schools are zoned? How far away is the closest grocery store? Simply driving around desired parts of town on a Sunday afternoon can greatly help narrow down potential neighborhoods.
- Take plenty of pictures
Although most listings these days include photos, it’s not a bad idea to take your own pictures during showings. Houses can all start looking the same after a while, and taking photographs will help you see things later on that you might have missed during your brief walk through.
- Be patient
It’s easy to get frustrated after you’ve trudged through what seems like a million homes. And, while it’s important to see as many homes as meet your desires, it’s also important not to settle for a home simply from exhaustion. Buying a home is a big decision that can affect so many facets of your like. Make it a good one.