Are you dreaming of finding and buying a new home, but you don’t really know where to start? These simple steps will help you organize your thoughts and plans and make it easier to find the home that’s perfect for you!
Step 1. Dream. Imagine yourself living the life you want in the house you dream about having. Look at current home and decorating magazines. Make a folder of ideas you love.
Step 2. Decide what you really need in a home in order to be happy. Everyone’s needs are unique. Actually make a list; put it in order of importance to you.
Step 3. Decide where the home should be, geographically. Do you most want/need to be near family, friends, schools, work, play, etc.?
Step 4. Estimate what you realistically can afford. There are online mortgage calculators, and/or a trusted mortgage broker can help you figure it out.
Step 5. Get prequalified for a mortgage so you’ll be ready to buy when you find the one.
Step 6. Use Zillow, www.zillow.com, to search for homes. It’s easy to use, and you can request updates when new homes come on the market that fit your criteria.
Step 7. Go to open houses on weekends. It’s a great way to see multiple homes without having to make appointments.
Step 8. Look at lots of properties. Take lots of notes at each. Spend enough quiet time in each one you like so you can imagine yourself living in each of them: Where would you and those you live with actually spend most of their time? Does the layout feel comfortable? Estimate costs for any repairs/improvements you would need to make to be happy there.
Step 9. In today’s market, when you’ve found a home you love and can afford, you should act quickly to make your best offer.
Step 10. Don’t despair if someone else outbids you. There always will be more homes coming on the market. The next one you see may be even more perfect than the one that got away!
We hope you find your perfect dream home! What has been your experience with looking for your ideal home, and what are your hopes and dreams for it?