GETTING YOUR REAL ESTATE MEANS PREPARING FOR ANYTHING.
You are not going to find your dream home the first day that you start house hunting, but it’s always good to have an idea of what kind of home you want for your family. What few people remember is that, when shopping for real estate, you will always need to take a good look not just at the home, but what is around the home. You need to make sure that everything around the home – from the parks to the shopping – are the kind of things that you want near your home. Consider what you’re able to afford, but also what you actually want. Moving into a home simply because you can afford it may not make you feel good about your purchase later, unless you plan to to buy an ugly house to transform into exactly what you want.
HAVE FIRM CAP FOR YOUR BUDGET.
Whether you want something that is brand-new, move-in ready, or a fixer-upper, you need to know exactly how much money you will be able to spend on your home. Don’t forget to take interest on your mortgage into account. You won’t be in a good position if you commit to a home or a project that you won’t be able to afford in the long run, and waiting for the payback through selling the home for a higher price than the one you purchased it for has no guarantees. If you can, where your budget is concerned, give yourself a little bit of wiggle room. When you’ve got such a large purpose it will always behoove you to be as flexible as possible, but make sure that you do have a point for which you will stop spending money.
MAKE A DEFINITIVE LIST OF NON-NEGOTIABLES.
If you refuse to live near a shopping strip because of all of theft that happens during the Christmas season, don’t purchase a home near a shopping strip. If it makes you uncomfortable that you’re sharing a backyard with other homes, don’t buy a home that shares a backyard with other homes. There is nothing wrong with declining to purchase, or even see, a property that has something about which you’re not excited. While looking for your dream home may not be totally possible, you can always just make sure that your home meets the bare minimum of what you want.
MAKE SURE YOUR PHONE IS WORKING AND YOUR WIFI IS STRONG!
You’ll be making and receiving calls from this number and that number, you’ll be texting your real estate agent on and off over the months you’re searching, and you will need to be able to see listings at the drop of a hat. If your phone plan doesn’t include Wifi, getting Wifi service for this search is one of the best decisions you’ll make. As you’re moving from house to house, take your pictures, share them with your partner, and figure out which houses speak most loudly to you!