Buying a home can be a daunting experiance. I read this article and thought I’d share it and added my two cents.
Find a Good Agent – like The Caton Team…
A savvy real estate agent who has your best interests at heart can make all the difference in the home-buying process. These days, buying a home within your budget will likely involve trade-offs. A good agent can help you navigate the process and establish and focus on your priorities. – We always tell our clients – we won’t sell you a house – but we will get you the house you want. We strive to educate our clients on the market, how aggressive we need to be in order to be the winning offer, and how the budget translates into homes. We’re here to guide our client’s home.
Make a List, and Check It Twice
Use a checklist to help identify what you need and want as you search for and visit homes. It can help you stay focused as you evaluate each house. Here is a comprehensive home viewing checklist you can use to track important details and what you liked (and didn’t like) about each house you visit. –– This can be the hard part. We often have an idea of what our home will look like and in reality, it is different. It’s best to understand why you are buying? What’s important to you – size or commute and your long-term goals. We happily discuss this with our clients to learn what is most important so we can hone into the areas they can compete.
Remember: Location, Location, Location (and Layout)
To prevent buyer’s remorse, it’s important to focus on the important things that aren’t easy to change: location and layout. You can change many things about a house after it becomes yours, but the location isn’t one. If a quiet neighborhood or short commute are high priorities for you, don’t lose sight of these. Similarly, it’s usually difficult and expensive (or sometimes impossible) to change a home’s layout. – Couldn’t agree more. Don’t lose sight of what you need.
Pay Attention to Your Home Inspection
When buying a home, your inspection report can help you better understand your home’s physical structure and components. It should detail the age and condition of your home’s systems and appliances and point out needed maintenance and possible repairs you should plan for. See how long home systems and appliances last.
In a competitive market, it can be tempting to forgo inspections to make your offer more attractive, but unless you are prepared for the unexpected and have a financial cushion, it can be a risky move. Let your real estate agent guide you. – Never forgo an inspection – a buyer needs to know the condition of the home they are buying – the question is – do you make the inspection contingent on the offer. That – is a case-by-case situation, and we review the inspections with our clients. Then have them ask questions directly to the inspector to understand the condition of the property they are buying.
Include a Home Warranty When You Buy a House
A great way to minimize risk, maximize budget protection, and prevent buyer’s remorse is to purchase a home warranty when you buy your new home. You get all these valuable home warranty benefits from First American, plus special pricing and coverage for home buyers:
- Budget protection from costly repairs and replacements of covered items
- An easy, time-saving way to schedule service providers when covered items break
- The security and convenience of unlimited service requests via phone or online 24/7
- Coverage that lasts for a year or more after closing
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