First Time Buying Tips

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If this is your first time buying a home, then you are probably nervous, excited, confused, and anxious. These are all natural responses to have when you are taking such a big step toward the next of life's adventures. You can learn some easy tips you can follow to make the home buying process much easier by reading the information that's offered here:

Make a list of the things you must have in a home

The first thing you want to do before you set out to look for your new home is to make a complete list of everything a house is going to have to have in order for you to be 100% satisfied. These will be the things that you are not willing to give up. Make enough copies of the list so you have one for every house you will be viewing.

Make a list of the things you would like to have

You will also want to make a list of the things you would like a home to have, but that you don't necessarily need. You also want to make sure you have one copy of this list for every house you plan on seeing.

Use the lists to keep track of each homes features

Take both lists with you to each home for sale, and make a check mark next to everything the house has that's on both of your lists. When you go home and you are thinking about the houses you saw, you can use the list to help you narrow the search down to as few houses as possible. If you would like a second viewing of any house, then you want to let your agent know so they can set a second viewing up for you right away.

Take video and make sure you narrate what you like and don't like

Make sure you record as much as you can of the house and go slow, so you will be able to see everything in detail when you are reviewing the video later. Narrate your likes and dislikes, making sure you also get those things captured on the video. Watch the videos while going through the lists so you can really compare the houses without feeling rushed to make a decision.

Use the neighborhood as a tie breaker

If you are stuck between two or more houses and you can't decide which you like better, then you should take the neighborhoods into consideration. If you like one neighborhood much more than the others, then this can help you figure out which house should become your home.


17 March 2017

Sarah's Renting Tips

Although I've never worked professionally in the real estate business, I sure know my way around it. How, do you ask? Well, I have simply rented a lot of different places and worked with a lot of different landlords and real estate agents. In the past 7 years I've lived in 11 different houses or apartments, none of them my own. In finding those 11, I have looked at literally hundreds of apartments. I used to hate house hunting, but now it's kind of fun. You just need to know what you want and the right questions to ask. Hopefully this blog can help you learn some of the tricks of the trade from another renter like yourself.