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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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The first and most important tip is to contact a professional real estate agent who can assist you step by step throughout the entire home buying process. I would be happy to speak with you and tell you what to expect from start to finish. Please check out my website at http://www.omahahomeexpert.com. You may also call or text me at 402-250-56441 I look forward to hearing from you!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 7, 2012
I would suggest possibly new construction. This would provide you with extensive warranty coverage, so you would not be blind sided with costly repairs potentially on an older home. At Celebrity Homes we offer new homes from the $130's to the low $200's. We also work with 4 wonderful preferred lenders. With these lenders we pay closing costs & the 1st year of homeowners insurance as well! It is a great savings for you! Interest rates are still at historic lows!! Happy to help if you would like more information about our homes-
I have represented Celebrity Homes for over 14 years. mlang@celebrityhomesomaha.com http://www.MonicaLang.com 402-689-3315
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 5, 2012
You might want to ask your agent to take an afternoon to tour you through the City. A few hours up front can save you a lot of time and possible problems in the future. Once you have had a chance to look at the different neighborhoods - including pros and cons - you will feel much more confident about selecting homes to tour.

Darcy Beck
DEEB Realty, Omaha
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 5, 2012
Work with an experienced agent who you relate to.

Its best to have someone on your side who understands where your coming from, what your looking for, your lifestyle and so on.

I see your from California. I am a Ventura County girl myself. I would be able to explain the differences and help you set your expectations about the area homes, city laws/regulations and the wonderful Omaha Lifestyle.

Make me your first phone call! 402.714.5715
Web Reference: http://www.OmahaREAgent.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 5, 2012
As a Realtor and a First Time Home Buyer (Just moved last week!) my biggest tip is to be open minded if you find the right house that is missing one of your wants. As a first time buyer, it is such a big deal, you want it all but then as you look and look it becomes clear you do not necessarily have to have it all. Another big tip is to re-visit a home if you think it may be it. After the 2nd visit you will either be over it OR you will start thinking so much about it that you know it is the one. Sounds cliche but it worked for me and for my clients, the 2nd visit usually determines a yes or no.....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 4, 2012
Be realtistic! Don't reject a property because you don't like the colors. Paint is cheap. Make sure your Realtor does a good market analysis so you know what like properties are bringing. Know your market. Doesn't matter what a property has brought 100 miles away. How are properties selling in your locale.
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The best advice I can give is to get at least 2 lender quotes on rates and fees for your loan. Also, if you are trying to keep as much cash in your pocket as possible, encourage your agent to ask the seller to pay all of your prepaids, closing costs, taxes and insurance. Lastly, pay attention to what your buyers agent is charging you for their BROKER ADMIT FEE. I have seen this range from $195 up to $695 which comes directly out of your pocket and in my opinion a ridiculous fee.
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Use a Realtor, it's no cost to you.
Amber Tkaczuk 402.306.8642
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Work with a good Realtor, one you are comfortable with and one who is working for you. Decide what you want in a home such as # bedrooms, bathrooms, garage space, location, etc. Look at different styles and look in the closets and cupboards - don't be shy, this will be your new home. When you choose a house, be sure to get a home inspection. It is a good investment. Good luck and let me know if I can help.
Jan Nicola
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