You are looking for a new home, there are homes for sale so why can it be so hard to find the right one? Searching for a new home can be frustrating, time consuming and confusing if you don’t know where to begin your search.
I strongly suggest beginning with a list of wants as well as a list of what you definitely do not want. Its important to know that you won’t likely find a home that matches your entire wish list. Some times you may not even know what you are looking for and that is okay. Your agent can help you decipher what it is that you are looking for. The first place I always recommend that how buyers visit is a local mortgage company to see what they qualify for and to get a pre-qualification letter. We use this letter later on to attach to all offers and this one piece of paper will often set you ahead of the next guy especially if they have not pre-qualified. With today’s market we are seeing lots of multiple offers so anything that can put you ahead of the other buyer is a good thing.
With your letter in hand, it is now a good time to sit down with your real estate agent to discuss what you are looking for. Will it be a town home, single family home, lake home or anything else. Will you wish to live in town, in the country, next to a park, close to schools? Do you want a garage, stairs, how many bedrooms will you need? Are you looking for a move in ready home or are you handy and are hoping to save some costs coming in and doing some of your own renovations? These and many other questions can be asked and considered before your agent even begins a search.
Now the fun part begins. You can start previewing homes on line. You can do this for free at my website and find homes all of the homes that are currently available on the MLS. (www.kwoehl.kwrealty.com)
The website lets you set up price, location, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, garage, if you require a fireplace you can find that too. Perhaps you want lake shore. You can set the criteria to only find water front properties. There is even a way to search for rentals if you don’t have quite enough for a down payment yet and need to rent for a bit.
Here is the best part. Once you have signed up and set your criteria you won’t have to do this each time. You can even set this up (or your agent can) so that you get daily emails of new listings that fit your criteria so that you can get in and make an offer before other potential buyers scoop up your dream home.
While viewing homes online can be a huge time saver and helps your agent to learn what you like it is also important to remember to have an open mind. Sometimes photos can be deceiving and other times they don’t do a home justice. Perhaps this home is in the perfect neighborhood or maybe its not. Sticking to your list and then being diligent in your search will find you that perfect home and get you moved in!