Infographic How To Buy

Best Ways To Get Ready...

When it comes to buying a home - especially in the current market - we have found that buyers that are educated and prepared are happiest with the outcome. Take a look below at five great ways to prepare to buy a home.

⏰ It is ALWAYS a good time to buy a home!

If you find the perfect home now, don’t risk losing it because you’re trying to guess where the housing market and interest rates are going. Those factors usually don’t change fast enough to make a difference in an individual home’s price. 

🗣️ Don't ask for too many opinions! 

It’s natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas from too many people will make it much harder to make a decision. Focus on the wants and needs of the people who will actually be living in the home. If you are seeking advice from a parent or close friend - bring them with you to view the homes. Don't wait to discuss it with them after you are under contract. That could cost you money. 

🏡 Accept that no house is ever perfect.

Keep this in mind: PRICE - LOCATION - FLOORPLAN - everything else can be changed! If it’s in the right location, then you may accept a yard a bit smaller than you had hoped. As long as the floorplan works for you, you can always change the flooring materials or paint colors. Make a list of your top priorities and focus on things that are most important to you. Let the minor issues go.

🐂 Don't try to be a bully negotiator.

Negotiation is definitely a part of the real estate process, but trying to “win” by getting an extra-low price or refusing to budge may cost you the home you love. The key to successful negotiation is understanding both sides and figuring out the best-case scenario for each party.

💰 Plan ahead!

Don’t wait until you’ve found a home to get approved for a mortgage, investigate insurance, or consider a moving schedule. Being prepared will make your bid more attractive to sellers.