Whether you currently own a home or are looking for your first one, setting out to buy a new home can be an intimidating experience. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Things to consider in a new home:
Create a personalized list of features. What does your home need to have? What would just be nice to have?
Consider what's important to you in the area. What services are important to have nearby? What about the school district? Traffic conditions, parking, or public transportation?
Figure out what you can afford. Take into account your income, debt, monthly expenses, etc.
Make sure you feel comfortable in the neighborhood. It's not just important for the services to be convenient--you're going to want to feel at home in your new home.
As you're looking:
For each home you tour, make a list of pros and cons. This will help you develop a rating system and narrow the field when it comes time to choose.
Avoid sharing information with sellers about your current housing situation, your finances, your move, or your feelings about the property.
Before making an offer, consider the house's condition, the current market, and your financial ceiling.
To do list:
Get pre-qualified for a mortgage loan, even before you start making offers.
If you already own a home, research short-term rental and storage options. There might be a gap between leaving your old home and moving into your new one, so you're going to want to have a plan.
Talk to a real estate professional! I can help you understand the market condition, analyze your financial situation, and figure out what home is best for you.