Buying a home is a big financial step. Purchasing a home is the largest single purchase most Americans make. If you’re ready for the financial cost of owning a home, that’s great! But there is a lot more to buying real estate than budgeting. Regardless of if you’re a first time buyer, experienced with several transactions or an investor I can assist you throughout your entire home buying process.
Throughout my career in real estate I’ve worked with many of first time home buyers. I know the process can sometimes daunting. It’s my goal as your real estate representation to make this decision as easy and painless as possible for you and your family. So I’ve prepared a brief guide with some of the things you may want to consider during your home buying process.
- Get preapproved. Getting preapproved for a mortgage is a very first step in your home buying process. A mortgage preapproval letter will allow you to fine-tune your home search to only the properties that apply to your budget.
- I’m your resource! Utilize me! Although the internet makes some parts of finding your home much easier, a good real estate professional has access to resources and networks that you might not necessarily have access to otherwise. Utilize me in your home search journey, I’m often in the know on listings befor they hit the market place.
- Explore the neighborhood. Many think this should go without saying, but neighborhood selection is a really important process. Are you more of a Dorchester person or a South End person? Even within neighborhoods smaller communities do exist that can vary a lot. I can help you learn more about the neighborhoods you may be interested in buying in.In addition to the feel of a neighborhood, it’s also important to consider factors like proximity to work, schools, public transportation, tax rate and quality of services that may be available in the area.
- Home inspections are really important. Regardless of if you’re buying a brand new home, fixer upper or something in between it is very important to invest in a home inspection once you’ve found a home that might work for you. A quality home inspector will allow you to detect problems in the home that may be deal breakers, help you get a lower closing price or give you peace of mind.