Where to Start When You Want to Buy a Home

Research has shown that most buyers shop for homes online six months or more before they get serious and schedule in-person showings. Once you’ve decided to buy a home, it may be awhile before you make your purchase, that’s completely normal. Here are some steps that you can take right away to make sure to get off on the right foot and set yourself up to buy the home you want when you find it.
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When Should You Get an Agent Involved?

Most buyers spent over 6 months online searching for homes before they consider meeting with a buyers agent and looking at homes in person. These buyers don’t consider themselves “serious” and don’t want to go through the trouble of meeting with an agent prematurely.

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We recommend that you speak to a well-qualified buyer’s agent immediately when you know you want to buy a home, even if you are not ready to start looking in person. The buyer agent can create Game Plan or Road Map to follow.

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Buying a Condo vs a Single Family Home

Many prospective homeowners hit a wall when deciding between condos and single family homes. There are reasons to fall in love with the idea of either. But there are also drawbacks to both, depending on your personal needs and aspirations for home life.

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If you are debating between purchasing a condominium or a house, here are some considerations to get you closer to making a decision.
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Why You Should Not Buy Directly From a Seller’s Agent

Buying a home is an important and rare decision, and following through with it can prove stressful for even the most diligent prospective homeowners. In planning for a home purchase, thrifty shoppers may look to avoid a buyer’s agent fee by contacting seller’s agents directly.

However, as appealing as it may sound to save on a buyer’s agent fee, this strategy may be riskier than it seems.

Here are four reasons to reconsider cutting a buyer’s agent out of the picture:

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How to Choose the Right Neighborhood

Assessing a Neighborhood Before Moving In Can Be Tricky

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Many big cities offer a plethora of neighborhoods and different areas to fit every budget and lifestyle. Although you’ll obviously need to decide on a house you like, the surrounding neighborhood is just as important! The availability of local attractions, crime rates, and educational systems have a profound impact on your living experience. Here’s a few things to look out for when looking for the best neighborhood to fit your needs:
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