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What are some tips for first-time home buyers?

Asked by Trulia, San Francisco, CA Sun Mar 4, 2012

Can you share some of your top advice or tips for home buyers?

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Tips for first ttime homebuyers.
1.Contact a Realtor in the area where you want to purchase
2.Have the Realtor point you in the direction of a good lender or loan officer
3.Obtain preapproval letter-Make sure that you are comfortable with the amount that you qualify for.Ie; just because you qualify for 400k doesn't mean you have yo buy a house that costs that much
4.Determine what you are looking for : size, # bedrooms, # baths
5. Look for/ find a house
6.Have your Realtor draft up a competituive strong offer
7. Be prepared for a couple possible dissapointments_
8.Be ready with your earnest money deposit because when your offer is accepted , things will move fast
9. Any documents that the lender or Realtor requests get it to them right away! Delays can kill your deal.

I hope that helps.

Taj Weldon
650 262 0271
Real Estate Agent
DRE 01816152
Imara Mortgage and Realty
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 4, 2012
Get your financing in order first!!!

It makes all the rest fall right into place.
Web Reference: http://www.loansquawk.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 5, 2012
How exciting for you! Buying a home is a wonderful but can be taxing on you. Here are a few tips:
1) get pre-approved with a Lender
2) find a reputable agent to represent you
3) know going in to the process what you are looking for as far as house size, i.e bed, baths, sq.footage etc. That willsave you and your agent a lot of time!
4) be prepared to compete with other offers since we are entering into a sellers market.
5) be patient!

Best of luck! If you need any other help feel freeto contact me at anytime.

Kristy Heyne
Coldwell Banker
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 4, 2012
First thing to do is ask your friends or relatives if they have a Lender or Real Estate agent they would recommend.If they don't have anyone then do research and find a great lender and real agent in the area you are looking to purchase a home in.
Talk with a lender and get pre-qualified so you know what price point you are in before you go out looking. Nothing worse than finding a house and then finding out its not in your price range.
Then contact an agent. Sometimes agents have lenders who they work with. You can shop around to see who has the best fit for.
When you have found a lender and agent and have been pre qualified you are good to go.

Please contact me with any questions.

JoAnn Wheeler
925 699 3337
Web Reference: http://www.joannwheeler.com
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