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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Sarah Ribnick…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Mon Mar 5, 2012
It is correct that the first step is figuring out what you are qualified for and what home price you can afford by speaking to a lender or your financial adviser as the case may be. Second, I would find a Realtor who you are comfortable with and who knows the area in which you would like to purchase well. A good Realtor will be able to help advise you on each neighborhood and even to identify areas that you might not be familiar with but may end up loving. After working with many first time buyers my team has complied a sort of cheat sheet that includes the 5 things every first time buyer should know. It has proven to be a valuable resource for our clients. I would be happy to email you a copy, just visit http://www.SarahKosasky.com and fill out the contact form.
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Brian Goldbe…, Agent, Malibu, CA
Sun Mar 4, 2012
If you need a loan to purchase the home, be sure to get pre-approved by a large bank like Wells Fargo or Bank of America, not Uncle Jack the mortgage broker. Then you will know how much house you can afford, and can narrow your search significantly. Check out the different neighborhoods and find the area you want to live. Malibu is 27 miles long, and there are differences in every area. Go to open houses and see what size and style of house you like. If you know how much you can spend, what kind of house you want, and where you want to be, it will make it easy for a Realtor to help you find the right home. If you have any other questions, feel free to call me at (310) 403-4623 or email brian@brokermalibu.com.
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