BUYING

 LOOKING TO BUY A HOME? HERE ARE FIVE ESSENTIAL TIPS
FOR MAKING THE PROCESS AS SMOOTH AS POSSIBLE. 

FIVE ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR A SMOOTH BUYING PROCESS

1. Get your finances in order

 Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your  credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you  find. Next, find a suitable lender and get pre-approved for a loan.  This will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you  do find the right house. 

2. Find a house you can afford

 As with engagement rings, there’s a general rule of thumb when it comes  to buying a home: two-and-a-half times your annual salary. There are  also a number of tools and calculators online that can help you  understand how your income, debt, and expenses affect what you can  afford. Don’t forget, too, that there are lots of considerations beyond  the sticker price, including property taxes, energy costs, etc. 

3. Hire a professional

 While the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings  and resources, many aspects of the buying process require a level of  expertise you can’t pick up from surfing the web. That’s why you’re  better off using a professional agent than going it alone. If possible,  recruit an exclusive buyer agent, who will have your interests at heart  and can help you with strategies during the bidding process. 

4. Do your homework

 Before making a bid, do some research to determine the state of the  market at large. Is it more favorable for sellers or buyers? Next, look  at sales trends of similar homes in the area or neighborhood. Look at  prices for the last few months. Come up with an asking price that’s  competitive, but also realistic. Otherwise, you may end up ticking off  your seller. 

5. Think long term

 Obviously, you shouldn’t buy unless you’re sure you’ll be staying put  for at least a few years. Beyond that, you should buy in a neighborhood  with good schools. Whether you have children or not, this will have an  impact on your new home’s resale value down the line. When it comes to  the house itself, you should hire your own home inspector, who can point  out potential problems that could require costly repairs in the future. 

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