It’s been said time and time again, but the truth is that a little bit of planning can go a long way, especially when deciding to enter the real estate market. If you have been searching and looking for general information, or have even started looking for properties but haven’t contacted an agent yet, you're not alone. It is common to spend some weeks in the “informative phase”, taking in information by getting familiar with the overall process that comes with buying or selling a home.
Once you've looked over your finances, it's time to begin the fun part of your home search! Consider these strategies to guide yourself along in the real estate process:
The best way to get set on the right track for your search is by generating a step by step checklist of milestones you’ll cross on your journey. Fill in your basic checklist by asking yourself questions like “what do I know I need to do before I am ready to make an offer?” as well as “what am I uncertain about in the real estate process?” The best part of asking yourself questions like this is that you don’t need to know the exact answers for your entire process - by starting to map your progress with a checklist, you’ll move from “just looking” to moving with a purpose. Additionally, this helps to specify a timeline whether you're looking to buy or sell your home.
Set your specifications early
One reason it can be difficult to transition into searching actively is the fact the number of options for your search can be overwhelming. If you have taken to searching for properties directly on the MLS or through different housing information portals, you may have already started clicking through pages of pages of available properties. To whittle down your search, set criteria by thinking about the type of property (single family home, duplex, condo, townhome, land) or the specifications for the property, like number of bedrooms or the square footage. Being more specific when searching for properties will ultimately save you a lot of time - just be sure that you put enough thought into what homes or features to disqualify so you don’t have to pivot later.
Establish your target area
Location, location, location! Thinking about the location and what your needs are will also allow you to better hone in on neighborhoods and communities you should look into. Thinking about things like proximity to work and family, community amenities, and the local school district will help you to narrow your search since these are things that can will directly impact your day-to-day life and quality of living.
Talk to the right agent(s)!
By following the advice above, you’ll have a clearer picture of the right property and locale for you, as well as the steps you know you’ll need to complete before you can start submitting offers. This is the perfect time to speak with real estate agents who can shed light on different opportunities and programs you may not be familiar with.Your agent may also be able to help you finish out whatever remaining steps you need to be completely ready to move forward. For this step, look for an agent that actively listens to you and your needs, and is open to working with you at your preferred pace. You don’t have to work with an agent just because you have spoken with them - so talk to as many agents as you feel comfortable with until you find the right one.
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