The present state of the real estate market is classified as a “Seller’s Market”. That alone is enough to frighten any potential home buyer. Add to that a first-time buyer’s anxiety and you have every reason for “buyer’s paralysis”. It doesn’t need to be that way, though. With a well thought out plan, a trusted realtor, and a savvy mortgage broker anyone, even a first-timer, can find their dream home without losing their mind.
Here are five tips included in a recent Realtor.com’s article:
#1:. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search.
Understanding your budget is critical to a satisfactory search. The last thing you want to do is fall in love with a home that is out of your price range.
#2: Know the Difference Between Your Must-Haves and Would-Like-To-Haves.
Before you start your search, list and qualify all your “needs” and “wants” and “absolutely must haves”. This list will help you stay focused on what is important as you view properties.
#3: Research and Choose a Neighborhood Where You Want to Live.
Take a test drive of the neighborhood you are considering. It is wise to do this during commute time and in the evenings to see how much time it takes to get to school and work. Check out the amenities and the school district.
#4: Pick a House Style You Love and Stick to It.
Not every style home is a fit for every family. Placement and number of bedrooms become critical in families with children.
#5: Document Your Home Visits.
It is a good idea to take pictures as you tour homes, because as you see many homes, the houses may begin to blur together. Keeping notes on what you liked and didn’t like about each home can be helpful.
After you find the home of your dreams, and you are looking for a trusted mortgage lender, give Sun Pacific Mortgage a call at 707-523-2099. We are a Hard Money Lender and we have alternative finance programs for those who are looking for stronger purchase offers with all cash or fast closes. We also can help those who don’t quite qualify for a conventional loan. We have helped thousands over the past 31 years, and we would be happy to help you too.