Posted on August 10, 2017 at 8:10 AM
Research, Communicate and Enjoy!
Whether you are buying for the first time for you and your future spouse or blended families, here are some things to think about!
Research and do your homework
Find a realtor and a lender. Zillow may not be that great with their zestimates but they are a GREAT place to find reviews and experiences of other new homeowners. Your realtor and lender will be your best friends through this process – someone who knows the location and area well and can make that is a good fit for your needs. Interview at least two of each. If you have been through the process before, try to remember what didn't work for you before.
Communicate with your partner
Communicate with your partner and categorize the criteria that you would like in your new home. Talk about what works for each of you. Many times, this is your first home together and you each have ideas of what you want your family home to look like. Make sure you discuss how long do you plan to stay at this home– 5 years, 10 years, forever? If this is a starter home, then you have to focus on investment.
Have fun and enjoy!
This is such a fun and exciting time, albeit a stressful and difficult at time. Try to make it as fun as possible and I promise, it will all be worth it in the end!
Some extra pointers
-If you have a home to sell – pick your realtor first and then attempt your to-do list. Sometimes, something you may think is a big deal, may not be in certain markets. Currently, inventory is low in most areas so they need to re-do your home is not necessary. This will focus you in you and hopefully destress you.
-Likewise, since the inventory is so low, make sure you are ready to go pre-approval wise before going seeing the home of your dreams. It is likely it may not be around a couple days later.
Feel free to contact Stacey Morrison with any questions along the way!
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach
232 Eagleview Boulevard, Exton, PA 19341