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  • Mark Pattison

Use These Tips Next Time You're House Hunting

House hunting can be compared to any typical shopping experience. One usually has an idea of what they’re looking for and aims to satisfy those needs. With those metrics known, most home buyers will then focus in on price to find the best value. Use these tips to help start your search.

Know yourself

It’s important to find a new home that matches your personality. Take into consideration all the attributes you want this property to have and evaluate your options. Ask yourself questions such as “Do I want a new house? Or a fixer-upper?” to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Finances are important

Setting a budget is majorly important when searching for your new home. Looking at properties you cannot afford will be a waste of your time, so schedule a meeting with your lender beforehand to get an idea. Don’t wait till the last minute to see if you can afford a property. It’ll only add more stress to this process.

Set a timeline

Check to see if you have any holds that will restrict you from buying a home. Maybe you need to improve your credit or even sell your current home first. Either way, have an idea of when you believe you can move. Get in contact with a real estate agent and plan for that day.

Look long term

Think about where you will be in ten to twenty years. Will you still be in that same area? With that same job? These questions are important to ask yourself. The last thing you want is to jump into purchasing a home before you have set goals for the future. Plan accordingly.

Be realistic

Face it, your dream home may not be obtainable given your current situation. Don’t worry though! Your dreams will come true with time. In the meantime, think about what you can achieve with your current situation. Maybe that means investing in a smaller property that costs less. Or maybe living the city over from where you want to be. Either way, be realistic with yourself on what is doable for your current situation.

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