Ready to Buy? Useful Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

by Sarah Li Cain | Jun 12, 2019

Buying a home is an exciting time in anyone’s life. It’s easy to get caught up on HGTV and drool over beautiful homes and imagine what it’d be like lounging by the pool in your new backyard.

However, purchasing a big ticket item such as a house is no small task. You’ll want to be as prepared as possible so you can understand what your rights are, how to ensure you find the perfect home, and make sure the entire process goes as smoothly as possible.
Make Sure The Home is Suited For Your Lifestyle

Here comes the fun stuff — dreaming about your new home! Take some time to sit down and determine what it is you really want in a home.

If you’re unsure, think about your lifestyle and tour some neighborhoods. For example, are you really into outdoor activities? Do you want to be in the best school district? Or close to where all the hip restaurants are?

Then consider what you want in your home. Maybe you want an extra room for office space or a big yard for gardening your own veggies. Go on, make the list as big as you want.

The bad news is that you may not tick off every item on that list. In many cases, you’ll need to make some compromises and prioritize. That way, when it comes time to decide between a few places, you can refer to that list to see what’s most important to you.
The Numbers Don’t Lie

When my husband I decided to purchase our first home, I’ll (sheepishly) admit I got swept up in Zillow listings. While there’s nothing wrong with that, I was only wasting my time looking at homes I couldn’t afford.

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