For most, purchasing a home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetimes. It stands to reason then, that if you are in the market for a new home, you want to be confident that you are choosing one that will meet your needs and bring your joy.
There are many different things to consider when looking for your next home that it can become overwhelming to gain a clear idea of what you even want to look for. Questions of how much money you can afford to spend, what type of home you need, areas of town in which to look are only the tip of the ice burg when it comes to beginning your real estate search.
Create An Outline As A Pre-Home Search Plan
Having a plan in advance is a great way to streamline your thoughts and give you a more focused approach on the quest for your perfect home. Doing this prep work before contacting a Realtor will provide you with a baseline and a starting point from which to proceed. Once you reach a Realtor, you will be able to use this outline as a means by which to convey your initial thoughts and needs to help them develop a tailored approach to house hunting.
Set A Budget
The basics of this pre-home search outline are typically the easiest and the first aspects to list. Securing a pre-approval for a home loan is the best way to being the process of setting your budget for purchasing a new home. Your budget is important as it will determine how every other need and desire is met, or not, within the framework of how much money you will be able to spend.
Needs, Wants, & Some Of Both
Once you have a target amount you’d like to spend on the home listed in your plan, you can begin to write down your list of needs and your list of wants. These two categories can be arranged, rearranged, and ultimately listed in ranking from most to least as desired. Time and thought should be put into this effort as having a clear understanding of what you need in a home will help you make the best decisions when it comes to making a purchase.
Enlisting The Help Of A Realtor
Your Realtor will be able to take your pre-purchase plan and work with it and you to develop a search criteria in which to begin. Your Realtor can also advise you as to options that you may not at first have been aware of, developing a relationship with you that will bring you one step closer to finding the home of your dreams.
If you are thinking of beginning your search for your new home, begin by creating a plan that will bring into focus the aspects of your new home that will fulfill your needs and meet your desires. Contact Dillingham and Toone Real Estate to help you find just what you are looking for in your new home.