First Time Home Buyer? Do These 3 Things First!

First time home buyer? Hi, I'm Jodie Cordell with Spence Properties and here's three things that you need to do first. The first thing you need to do is contact a realtor. A realtor can walk you through the process. There's absolutely no reason to do this by yourself. Realtors know the process. And they probably have checklists and useful tools to help you through the process. And the best part is, buyers don't generally pay realtor's commission. So it doesn't cost you anything to use one. Also, realtors can probably help you find local vendors, like lenders. Number two, get pre-approved. Until you get that pre-approval letter from a lender, you're not really a serious buyer yet. Sellers won't take you seriously until you have it. This is just a preliminary step in the mortgage process. But it will give you a better idea of your actual price range. Once you have that, then it's time to decide what's most important in your new home. Sit down together and write out a list of your must haves. Do you need a big back yard with a fence? Or would you rather have less yard, more pool? Do you need a large kitchen? Or is your family more of the take out type. How many bedrooms? How many bathrooms? How many cars do you need to fit in a garage? How many square feet do you actually need in your new house? It's important to measure the rooms that you're currently in, in your current home, and measure any furniture, especially any large size furniture. If you're like my family we PCS'd overseas and brought back some really large pieces of furniture. So now we have to shop accordingly. This is all gonna help you narrow down your search and make it easier for you. I hope this helps you kick off your home buying experience on the right foot. If you have any other questions about the home buying process feel free to reach out to me anytime. I'm Jodie Cordell with Spence Properties. And it's my passion to help you live where you love and love where you live.

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