Buying Your First Home

14 September, 2012 (19:40) | Relocation | By: Keith and Mary Williams

It’s time to buy your first home. You have listened to your friends and family, and weighed the benefits and have finally made the decision. That’s a major hurdle now passed, now you are focused and certain. Here’s how you can expect the process to go:
First define your search parameters for the home you want. 80 percent of all home searches begin on the internet and researchers agree this is a great way to find your dream home. With just a few clicks of a mouse, home buyers can search through hundreds of online listings, view virtual tours and sort through dozens of pictures and aerial shots of neighborhoods and homes.
Make a list of all the features the house should have and ones that you would like to have, but aren’t necessary for the purchase. Making a list like this can also be helpful for a real estate agent, like Keith and Mary Williams Real Estate in Columbus, Georgia, to help them find homes you would like to see and cut out the ones they know you will hate.
A good real estate agent like Keith or Mary Williams will listen to your needs and arrange to show only those homes that fit your particular parameters. Often a motivated buyer can find a home within two weeks, and often within two days.
When looking at homes, we recommend not seeing more than seven in one day. Any more than that and the brain become overloaded. While it’s physically possible to see 20 homes in one day, it will be hard to remember specific details about each.
Be sure to pay attention to the home’s surroundings. Make note of homes next door and their residents. Are the streets busy with traffic, is there nearby train track or an airport? Ask yourself if you like the location and if this house is in good proximity of work and fun things to do in town.
Go visit a house several times before you purchase. Often you will find you will find new things you didn’t notice last time. At this point the agent will call the listing agent to double check the price and make an offer.
After touring homes for a few days, you will probably instinctively know which one or two homes you would like to buy. Ask to see them again. You will see them with different eyes and notice elements that were overlooked the first go-around. Remember prices are negotiable, so make sure you get a price you like – Especially in this market.

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