looking to buy a house but dont know where to start!

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@newname_99:  Are you pre-approved for a mortgage?

Realtors in many cities sponsor free seminars for first-time home buyers. They will share valuable information.

Ask around your friends and families for recommendations for a realtor.

Make a list of “must- haves” and “nice to haves” for your new home. It will help you priorize when you start to get torn between two or more homes.

Post # 4
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

 Go look at open houses. It’s free and you can get an idea of what you do and don’t like. If you meet an agent that you like, make sure to get their card. Drive around some neighborhoods and see if you can narrow down the area. 

Once you’ve got an idea of what you’re looking for, call one of the agents that you liked. A good buyers agent can help focus your search, and you don’t pay for the service. For example, our favorite neighborhood was out of our price range. Our agent talked to us about what we liked about the neighborhood, and was able to point us to a more affordable area that had the characteristics we were looking for. A good agent can also help you write a strong offer, and give you an idea if the asking price is reasonable. 

Post # 5
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I found looking at showhomes was helpful.  They are clustered together, so it’s easier to see a bunch in a short time frame.  It depends if you’re interested in newer neighbourhoods though.

Post # 7
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Find a realtor and get preapproved for a mortgage! And don’t fall in love with a house from the pictures online, trust me! Pictures will tell you nothing! (FI and I looked at a house that looked beautiful from the pictures, we were so excited to see it! what wasn’t shown was the damage on the stovetop and cabinets from the kitchen fire, and the fact that in one of the rooms if you looked up you could see sky! OMG!)

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