This way, you will have plenty of time to shop confidently and can strike (Close your loan) quickly, should you find the right home early in your search process. You could begin searching now by getting familiar with neighborhoods by attending open houses where you will meet some Realtors. Interview a few until you meet one you'd like to have help you find that home.
Ask friends and enemies for referrals! (:-)
All kidding aside, consult a few lenders to become familiar with programs. FHA, USDA, and VA have great programs for most first time home buyers!
Thanks for your question.
Prudent to get in touch with the many fine agents responding to your questions.
Start with a list of want and needs. How big, 1 story or 2 story, lot size
# of beds / baths / square footage, neighborhood, schools if required,
proximity to work, down town, doctors / hospitals, walk score, proximity
to a park or public transportation.
Talk to a lender to find out what you qualify for, by filling out an application.
Here are some good sites and lenders:
Also check out sites such as Trulia and others, and you should be in good shape.
Feel free to let me know if you have any questions, I am a real estate agent who has lived in this area my entire life, so I am familiar with both established and new communities as well as school districts, etc.
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I would interview with a several agents to find one you are comfortable with. You will be spending a good bit of time and maybe a lot of money on this purchase. Your agent should get you up to speed on the market and help you find the best value, best fit for you and your family. You will learn all your options for making your decisions as to what ever your requirements are now and in the future. Your agent will work hard in your behalf to make your buying experience a pleasant and memorable one.
I believe the relationship between agent and buyer is based on trust and understanding the goal of the transaction. I hope you have a great experience in your home search, and I would hope to be a part of it. Give me a call for ain interview.
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