You've chosen your agent, you have your loan pre-approval, it's time to find your perfect home. Searching for homes can be a time consuming and mentally exhausting process. Follow these steps to save time and avoid properties that don't suit you.
Get to know the neighborhoods you are interested in. Take a drive, become familiar with the streets and subdivisions. Imagine what it would be like to live there. Take an informal survey of the types of available properties. Find out what points of interest are close by: parks, shopping centers, recreation, major roads and highways, and anything else that is important to you. Finally, ask yourself - is this somewhere you can see yourself living?
Make a list of features you are looking for in your ideal property. Categorize your list into essential and non essential items. Make sure your agent understands your search criteria, and recommends only those properties that fit your needs. Are you looking for a lot of outdoor space? A quiet neighborhood? Panoramic views? Multi-car garage? It's essential to define these things before you search.
Once you find the property you want to purchase, your real estate agent will help you negotiate an offer that is acceptable to the seller. With the help of your agent, determine the costs and expenses associated with the property, and make sure you can manage them. Once you are ready to move forward, your agent will draft a competitive offer that serves your interests without scaring away the seller.