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"Turning Your Dreams Into An Address"
By the time you drive by a house that you like that has a "For Sale" sign on it, it may already be under contract.
By working with a realtor, and giving them an idea of what you are ideally looking for, you will be one step ahead.
Good luck to you!
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2. Determine what you need in a home, not necessarily what you want in a home. Make a list of those needs to give to your Realtor. When you are searching for homes you will find that it is very rare to find a home that has absolutely everything you are looking for. If you stick to what you actually need, you will have better success in your search.
3. Research areas/communities that are of interest to you. Determine what things are important such as schools, proximity to shopping, restaurants, and local activities. Drive through the communities to get a feel for what they are like.
4. Learn as much as you can about the process of buying a home. Some local Realtors or lenders will offer first time home buying seminars. If you can find one in your local area it would be helpful to attend. If you cannot attend a seminar, look on the Internet for a home buyers guide such as the one at Bankrate.com - http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/real-estate/BuyerGuide2004/
5. Select a local Realtor to help you begin your search for a home. You can search Internet sites such as Realtor.com or Homes.com, but a Realtor has access to all of the homes in the local MLS. They can provide you with information on the home, the area and answer any questions you may have. A Realtor can show you properties of interest.
6. Learn about the contract and what is involved. Your Realtor can take you through step by step the process of a contract. After it is signed by buyer and seller, it is called an executed contract. Then you would want to get a home inspection. If everything is fine with the inspection, then you can go forward towards closing.
7. Know what happens at closing. Again, a Realtor can walk you through what to expect at closing. You will need to have money for closing costs such as title search, processing fees, taxes, and insurance.
Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Green Lion Realty, Port Charlotte, FL firstname.lastname@example.org
Now your ready to sit down and interview some Buyer Brokers to help you locate, negotiate and close on a home. A good Realtor will be able to talk with you and help you figure out what's really important to you, whether it's a certain location, or a school district, or having a larger lot, or perhaps a town home community with lots of good amenities and others like yourself. There's no one right answer, we're all different, but as you and a Realtor speak you'll be able to start solidifying your own thoughts on what really matters most to you. If along the way you realize you need to make some changes to your parameters don't sweat it, it's a process and a good buyer broker understand this.
The important thing is is find a great buyer broker and this isn't always easy. The problem is you never really know until it's too late whether they were great, average or lousy. I write about this regularly online, here's a link to one of my recent posts here on Trulia on how to find a great broker.
I wish you all the best and happy house hunting.
First get a mortgage pre-approval. This way you know exactly how much you have to spend, how much down payment you need and work out your monthly expenses. Once you have all your numbers together, talk to several Realtors and find someone you are comfortable working with. Know what you want.