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  • Writer's pictureEmma Ellis, REALTOR

Tips to keep in mind when looking for a new home.

Buying a home is a big investment and can be a daunting experience, especially if you're a first-time homebuyer. With so many homes on the market, it can be difficult to know where to start. In this post, I'll provide you with the top 5 tips to keep in mind when looking at homes for sale.

  • Get pre-approved for a mortgage.

Before you start looking at homes, it's important to know how much you can afford. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage will help you determine your budget and narrow down your search. This way, you can focus on homes that are within your price range and avoid the disappointment of falling in love with a home that's out of reach.

  • Look beyond the surface.

When you're viewing a home, it's easy to get distracted by the aesthetics. However, it's important to look beyond the surface and pay attention to the details. Check for any signs of damage, like water stains or cracks in the walls. Look for any signs of neglect or poor maintenance. These issues may indicate that there are larger problems with the home that could end up costing you down the line.

  • Consider the location.

The location of a home is just as important as the home itself. Think about your lifestyle and what you're looking for in a neighborhood. Are you looking for a quiet suburban area or a bustling city center? Do you need to be close to schools or public transportation? Consider the commute to work and the local amenities available in the area.

  • Don't be afraid to ask questions.

When you're viewing a home, don't be afraid to ask questions. The seller or real estate agent (Me!) should be able to provide you with all the information you need. Ask about any recent renovations or upgrades to the home, the age of the appliances, and the condition of the roof and HVAC system. You may also want to ask about any potential issues, like road noise or potential new developments in the local area.

  • Take your time and don't rush.

Buying a home is a big decision, so it's important to take your time and not rush into anything. Don't feel pressured to make an offer right away, and make sure you've viewed multiple homes before making a decision. Remember, there will always be more homes on the market, so don't settle for something that doesn't meet your needs or feels like a compromise.

In conclusion, buying a home is a big investment, and it's important to approach the process with care and attention. By getting pre-approved for a mortgage, looking beyond the surface, considering the location, asking questions, and taking your time, you'll be able to find the perfect home!

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