5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search


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In today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the

country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared.

Here are five tips from realtor.com’s article, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without

Losing Your Mind.”

1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search

One way to show you’re serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified

or pre-approved for a mortgage. Even if you’re in a market that is not as competitive,

understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your

dream home is within your reach. This will help you avoid the disappointment of falling

in love with a home well outside your price range.

2. Know the Difference Between Your ‘Must-Haves’ and ‘Would-Like-To-Haves’

Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen to be happy with your home

choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Before you start

your search, list all the features of a home you would like. Qualify them as ‘must-

haves’, ‘should-haves’, or ‘absolute-wish list’ items. This will help you stay focused on

what’s most important.

3. Research and Choose a Neighborhood Where You Want to Live

Every neighborhood has unique charm. Before you commit to a home based solely on

the house itself, take a test-drive of the area. Make sure it meets your needs

for “amenities, commute, school district, etc. and then spend a weekend exploring before you

commit.”  And your first step is to contact Glenn Tinturin at 909.663.7811 or via this website.