How to Start Looking for a House
Once your budget is in place and your mortgage has been pre-approved, it’s time for the fun part — house hunting! Though it’s an exciting pursuit to find a home to call your own, it’s important you keep some best practices in mind to get the most out of shopping for a home.
Take a look at the following list of key steps to take when house shopping:
Research Home Options
Start with some preliminary research to help you find out the types of homes that are available in the area you want to live in, common home features you like, as well as the average asking price in the market. Doing this will help you better understand your options during the home buying process.
Determine Wants and Needs for Your New Home
Another way to be most efficient, realistic and organized when looking for your new home is to make a list of needs and wants. Your needs list will include things your future home absolutely must have, while your wants list should include things that would be nice to have, but you can live without or add later on. This list will be informed by the initial research you did and will be incredibly helpful when working with a realtor.