5 Tips for Finding Your Perfect Home

  • Work with an experienced local REALTOR®. REALTORS® are knowledgeable about the area and market, can provide up-to-date information, and a competitive advantage. They can also make sure you are made aware when new homes come to market that meet your criteria and budget.
  • Affordability. Be sure that you’ve already received your loan pre-approval and have considered the cost of home ownership. Be ready to make a quick decision on a newly listed home that fits within your budget or criteria. Be prepared to walk away if the seller counters with a price outside your budget.
  • Making an offer. Bid competitively and limit contingencies by offering your highest bid. Also, do not list the sale of your current home as a contingency and be flexible with your move-in date.
  • Older listings. Don’t limit your home search to new listings. Older listings may have been priced too high and the price has since decreased.
  • Consider fixer-uppers. You can purchase a home that is priced below your budge and use the extra money to make repairs or renovate.

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