for a Home
The actual search
for a home can be the most daunting part of your buying experience.
You've done the preparation and research - now it's time to put it to
There are two primary characteristics of a successful house hunting
experience - staying focused on exactly what you want and exposing yourself
to the maximum number of suitable properties. Your agent can help you
find suitable properties, but it's up to you to remain calm and keep
your wants and needs in mind.
with Your Agent
Your agent should compile a selection of properties that match your
general search criteria and arrange for viewings. But you can also reap
additional benefits from your relationship with a well-chosen realtor.
Your agent will find most of the available homes in the area, but
you can help in the search. Check the weekly real estate ads in the
local paper, and drive around any neighborhoods you find attractive
looking for signs or open houses. Your agent can arrange a showing of
any interesting properties.
the Info You Need
Make the most of your home shopping time. Remember to bring your
wish list. Don't forget to ask questions during showings - get all the
information you'll want later when you're considering each property.
Review our home evaluation checklist
for a summary of what you'll need to ask.
Out New Housing Projects
Don't forget to check out new housing developments in the area. New
homes offer many advantages, including warranties, customization, and
modern features. You can get a good idea of the new housing projects
in your area from your agent or through ads in the local newspapers.
You Consider Building?
Building a new house is stressful and time-consuming, but the reward
can be considerable - the chance to have a home that is custom-designed
to suit your family's needs. If you're considering this route, our guide
to building a home will give you an idea of what to expect. Your agent
can help you find a lot (and probably a builder as well).
a Good Deal
It's always difficult to find a suitable home at an attractive price,
particularly in a strong market. But good deals do exist. Our tips for
getting a good deal will help you find the right home at the
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