Buying a home can be fun, exciting, and downright overwhelming all at the same time. Thankfully, there are ways to make your home buying experience easy and more enjoyable. Use the tips, tricks and resources below to help you get started on the journey to your new home. And, as always, please feel free to get in touch with me with your questions. I look forward to helping you find your new home!
1. Get started early - get in touch with an agent! It's never too early to start preparing for your new home purchase. Getting in touch with a real estate agent you trust at the beginning of the process is key. Your agent will help to educate you on the market and what amenities your price range allows. She will also be able to connect you with other resources - such as a mortgage lender - who will be able to help you prepare financially for the purchase of your new home.
2. Talk with a lender. Speaking of preparing financially, talking with a lender early is one of the best steps a potential buyer can take. While talking with a mortgage lender, you will be able to determine your most comfortable price range, as well as the mortgage product that best fits your needs. You will also become aware of any pitfalls in your financial situation so that you can address them quickly.
3. Start looking at properties! Take a look at properties currently on the market through the Home Scouting Report. The Home Scouting Report saves your search criteria and will automatically notify you of new properties that match your desired criteria. This will allow you to see what is available in your price range. If you see any homes that you would like to tour in person, just let me know! Click on the link to the right to start looking at available properties in your price range!
Also, feel free to try out the Home Scouting Report smart phone app. It allows you to see properties for sale wherever you are, and it gives you direct access to listing photos, listing price, maps and additional listing info, right on your smartphone. To access the smartphone app simply go to your app store and search for Home Scouting Report. Download the free MLS app, create an account and use 724-422-3132 as your VIP code. Finding your next home will be a breeze with the MLS at your fingertips! Happy house hunting!