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How to Approach a Home Search

by Susanne Rae Lopez, Esq 01/13/2019

When you are ready to buy a house, it pays to plan ahead to conduct a successful house search. That way, you can quickly and effortlessly navigate the real estate market and make your homeownership dream come true in no time at all.

Ultimately, you don't need to be a real estate expert to navigate the housing market like a pro. To better understand what it takes to complete a successful house search, let's take a look at three tips to ensure you can seamlessly go from homebuyer to homeowner.

1. Create Homebuying Criteria

If you plan to purchase a house in the foreseeable future, it helps to establish homebuying criteria. By doing so, you can enter the real estate market with a plan.

Think about where you want to reside. For example, if your goal is to live in the same small town as your family members and friends, you may want to hone your house search to properties in this town. Or, if you want to own a house that is close to your office in the city, you may want to pursue residences in or around the city itself.

Consider what differentiates your dream house from an ordinary home too. Thus, if you want to own a home that boasts an in-ground pool, dazzling garden or other distinct features, you should include these criteria in your homebuying strategy.

2. Get Pre-Approved for Home Financing

Lenders can help you get pre-approved for a mortgage prior to launching a home search. Then, you can establish a budget for the homebuying journey.

There is no shortage of mortgage options available, regardless of your credit score, income and outstanding debt. If you meet with banks and credit unions, you can learn about different mortgage options and select a mortgage that is sure to serve you well.

Of course, when you meet with lenders, don't hesitate to ask questions. Lenders employ friendly, knowledgeable mortgage specialists, and these professionals are happy to help you make an informed mortgage selection.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent can help you simplify your home search. In fact, with a real estate agent at your side, you can boost the likelihood of finding a terrific house at a budget-friendly price.

Generally, a real estate agent understands what it takes to pursue a home in any city or town, at any time. If you employ a real estate agent, you can get the help you need to accelerate your quest for your dream residence.

A real estate agent usually learns about a homebuyer's goals and maps out a homebuying plan. He or she sets up home showings and keeps a homebuyer up to date about new residences that fit a buyer's criteria. And if a homebuyer wants to submit an offer to purchase a residence, a real estate agent will help this buyer craft a competitive proposal.

Ready to buy a house? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can streamline your search for your ideal residence.

About the Author

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Susanne Rae Lopez, Esq

I am proud to be celebrating 24 years with Tarbell Realtors! I am an attorney as well as a real estate agent. I bring my legal background to the table every day in my professional capacity representing buyers and sellers. As a listing agent, my extensive marketing plan gives a homeowner the opportunity to get the maximum value for his/her property. I utilize all of my marketing capabilities, derived from my 24 years with Tarbell Realtors. I know what it takes to get your house sold. And representing buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of their real estate is my passion. For buyers, I help negotiate the best possible deal and search until I find the perfect property. Nothing satisfies me more than seeing the smiles that come with a successful sale or the purchase of a lifetime. Once a home is in escrow, whether I am representing the buyer or the seller, my expert skills at facilitating the transaction is as valuable as the marketing. Selling and buying a home is a huge transaction. Making sure you have an agent that can represent you professionally and exceptionally is a huge decision. Thank you for choosing me as your Rancho Cucamonga area real estate professional. Do you have any specific questions about my real estate services? I can help you buy or sell your home with a comprehensive strategy designed for you. Susanne also provides services for Deer Creek, CA. To learn more, please contact Susanne.