Since competition for available houses can be tough in some markets, follow these tips to get the home you want – at the price you want to pay.
Be Ready: Decide what you must have in a home and make a list. Getting preapproved for a loan will also help you when it comes down to making an offer and securing the home you want.
Search Your Address: Your potential home may have some secrets, like past crime incidents or problem neighbors. Google search the address to find out about any potential problems and to give you a knowledge advantage over other buyers.
Don’t Fall in Love: Falling in love with a home might skewer your rationale. You might overlook design or construction flaws because you’re blinded by the house.
Find a Good Realtor: Get recommendations from friends, or do some research to find a reputable realtor who will be able to find a good group of homes in your desired neighborhood. A good realtor will also help in the negotiating process so you get the home you truly want.
Make an Offer: If you find a home that you want, be prepared to make an initial offer right away. In a crowded marketplace, being the one who offers first can be the key to getting the home.