I think itâ€™s great that you are beginning your home search by exploring available websites like Trulia. Second asking questions like the one you posted here tells me youâ€™re off to a good start. Keep asking questions and find your self an experienced honest Realtor who can simplify the process for you.
You say you plan on buying your first home in September so you have set clear plans for yourself as well. Let me just tell you that buying a home is a process and can sometimes take longer than expected to find and then complete the purchase process.
In response to your question, I would tell you to find a good Realtor as soon as possible. September is only two months away and that is not a lot of time in home buying terms. You can find a good Realtor by exploring local websites and/or asking friends and colleagues for referrals.
Good luck in your home buying search!
CBC Realty Services
The summer is the best time to look if you are buying in September. The market slows down and you are in a better negotiating position. However if you need to close by September then you need to look now because it will take 60-90 from the point of you looking to the point of someone handing you keys.
Plus you want to get settled if you have children etc. If you would like an overview of the full buying process from beginning til end...AskRey.
Rey Hollingsworth Falu
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
Houlihan Lawrence - Bronxville
4 Valley Rd
Bronxville, NY 10708
In NY State the average transaction closes between 60-90 days so depending on when you want to close and be in the home factor that in. There is alot of inventory at the moment and incentives. The First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit which is equal to 10% of the purchase price, not to exceed $8,000 and does expire Dec1, 2009. Rates are around 5.25% and may go up in the fall.
Having an agent on your team will most likely make for a pleasurable experience and doesn't ususally cost you anything. I hope this has helped you
Legends Realty Group
Since a thorough buying process can take several months our recommendation is to begin now....begin by reviewing your personal budget before meeting with several loan specialists to get pre-approved for financing.
Once this is taken care of you will be ready to identify your price range and begin your preliminary search. We recommend spending some time establishing your search critera before you begin your search. Be sure to consider factors such as school district, resale value potential, proximity to conveniences, etc.
Remember to take advantage of the first time home buyer incentive the transaction needs to be closed prior to December 1, 2009.