Cut to the chase when house hunting

If you’re about to embark on the frightening, yet exciting adventure known as buying a house, you’ll probably take some time to steel yourself with some television shows about house hunting. Whether it's finding a condo in Paris or a beach home in North Carolina, there is no end to the variety of these types of shows.

The deceptive thing about these shows is that they make looking at various homes, even homes that are out of your price range, look really fun. It may even seem like a good hobby to take up.

Looking at potential homes is fun, to an extent. But after a few passes, most people are ready to hurry up and find the home that’s right for them.

To avoid going on a wild goose chase, here are five tips to keep you on track and get you into your dream home, fast.

  1. Know what you want. Before you start, be clear about what you’re looking for in a house. Work out the number of bathrooms, garage size, location and price in advance. You should have two lists: Factors you will not negotiate on and things you would like to have, but can do without.
  2. Find an agent. It might be tempting to think you can click your way to your next home, and though the internet offers a degree of convenience, there’s no substitute for working with local realtors who really know the area.  
  3. Communicate clearly. Make sure the realtor you’re working with understands what you want. They should know what things you’re flexible on and what things you must have.
  4. Get preapproved. We cannot emphasize enough just how important it is to be preapproved before you begin searching for your home. Being preapproved allows you to further narrow, or expand, your search. The last thing you want is to find that perfect home, only to learn later that you can’t get a loan for the amount you need. Conversely, you don’t want to pass up homes because you’re not sure if you can get a loan for that amount.
  5. Don’t hesitate. In today’s market, we’re seeing a lot of homebuyers but not a lot of homes. This means you should be realistic in what you want and when you see it, avoid the “grass is always greener on the other side” mistake. Trust your instinct and your realtor!

For more insight and strategies for finding your next home, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. They know the area and the market and can help you find what you’ve been looking for!

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