The search can the best part of buying a home, but it can also be very time consuming unless you prepare yourself before you begin. Understanding your needs and your wants is the first step in searching for a home.
Before you begin your home search, you should sit down and make a list of the features you need in your new home. Make sure that you keep your list of needs separate from your list of wants because your needs will help you to narrow your home search. Your list should include the number of bedrooms, the number of bathrooms, and other property features that are absolutely necessary. Your list should also include certain community features, such as low taxes, low or no maintenance, and in the correct price range.
Once you know what you need, you can begin to look for homes that match your criteria. Use the Web - its a great place to begin your home search. You can find virtual tours, property photos and plenty of information on additional features in each home. Find as many homes as possible that match your criteria and print them out. Now you're ready to consult with your real estate professional.
As the buyer of what may be your largest single investment, it is essential that you have a professional who is experienced in dealing with contracts, negotiations, local real estate laws, and has local contacts to guide you through the process. Your REALTOR® will be with you through the entire transaction, answering your questions, negotiating your contract, setting up home inspections, and assisting with coordination between lenders, your attorney and other service providers. As a buyer, the costs for these services is normally paid by the seller. So you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Now you have a list of potential homes that meet your basic needs and you have a professional to help you along the way. Let's turn our attention now to researching potential homes and locations. Remember, this is a big investment and doing the research at this point can ensure that your money is protected. The Internet offers you a variety of resources to find the information you need. When you work with a real estate professional, we will walk you through the sources of information and help you get all of the facts before you make any decision.
All of the properties you are now looking at fit your basic criteria and they have all made it through your research. The next step is to find which home fits your wants. Take the list you made earlier and go through each property matching your wants to its features. You are now well on your way to finding the right home. Let your REALTOR® help you look at each of the properties, with their processional perspective. Your REALTOR®'s experience and expertise will be indispensable in your final decision.