Finding the perfect home is of course very exciting. You're starting a-new and soon you'll be finding a dream home. We've compiled a short list of things that will make the buying process easier. This list can act as the beginning of a check list in your home search and finally buying a home. You can also read our buyer's guide.
1. Shop Around
Get to know the home you like. You know your dream location and some of the features you want in a home, but see a few different places to get an idea of exactly what you'd like. Look around online, see what's available. We'd recommend just punching in some different search criteria on websites like Trulia or Realtor.com and seeing what's out there, you might be surprised.
2. Find a real estate agent your like
It's amazing how much easier the buying process will be once you click with a real estate agent. Your agent is your go-to person for a majority of your needs while searching and signing. It's important to feel comfortable with the agent and feel safe knowing that they'll take care of your needs. It might be appealing to attempt to do everything on your own but it's not easy and buyers agents can also help to negotiate lower prices. They're also great for referrals, letting you know who to go to for home inspections or attorneys. Your realtor can optimize the efficiency of your search and honestly make life a lot easier.
3. Find a mortgage broker you trust and get a pre-approval
Once you've found that perfect place you need to find a mortgage broker. This isn't so exciting but they're the logistics that will allow you to get a home. Mortgages are a big financial decision so trust is key in your relationship with the broker. There are plenty of great mortgage brokers out there who will work with you to get everything all ready for your new home and your future.
4. Make sure to find home insurance
Home insurance is a must have. You've finally found the perfect home but now you need to insure it for the future. Your agents can help direct you to the right places for home insurance but it's key to make sure that all your bases are covered. There's also a lot of little things that can lower your home insurance prices, such as the proximity to your home to a fire hydrant. So keeping the little things in mind as you shop around for home insurance can really be helpful.