23 Jun What to Expect as a First-time Homebuyer
You’ve weighed your options and decided that it’s time to buy your first home – but now you’re not sure where to start or what to expect.
Before you even meet with a real estate agent, you need to define your goals: what sort of neighborhood are you looking for? How far are you willing to commute? Would you prefer to live in a single story home or one with multiple floors?
An excellent and easy way to refine your search is to head to the Internet, where you can check out online listings, photographs and aerial shots, and even take virtual tours. If you find a home you like, check it out on Google Maps; you’ll be able to see what the surrounding neighborhood is like. With any luck, you’ll head to your real estate agent with a few options already in mind.
Speaking of real estate agents, be sure to find one that is receptive to your particular wants and needs. They should preview houses for you based on your decided-upon parameters before they even begin showing them to you.
Once you begin seeing houses, bring a camera with you so you can review your options later. Make sure to take notes on any features that you particularly like or dislike. You’ll probably be shown quite a few homes, so it’s important to remember the specifics of each one.
Finally, make a list of your top choices. Review these with your agent and visit each of them a second time – you might notice elements that you missed the first time around. Trust your intuition after the second go-around. Your real estate agent shouldn’t be steering you toward a particular place at this point. The reins are entirely in your hands to make an offer on the home you’re confident that you’ll love.