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What to Look For When Buying a House | 8 Tips to Help Your Home Search

Are you ready to start your new home search? Well, if you are, stick around because I'm about to share with you eight tips that's gonna help you save time and energy and help you find your new home that much sooner. And I'm gonna be doing that right now.


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All right, so you're ready to start searching for your home, but you're not really sure what to do first. Where do you start? Don't worry, I'm about to share with you eight tips that's gonna help you get started on the right foot, save time and energy, and help you get into your new home that much sooner and with less stress! All right, so let's get started.


All right, tip number one, research before you look. It's important to decide what features are most important to you before you start searching for a home. I usually ask my buyers to take a sheet of paper and a pen and write down the things that are must-haves and the things that you'd like to have, but won't be deal-breakers if you don't get them. Also, you might wanna research the neighborhoods to see which one you'd be most likely to wanna live in, and figure out how much you're comfortable paying on your mortgage each month.


Number two, gotta be realistic. There's no such thing as a perfect house. It's okay to be picky, but you gotta keep your expectations in check. If you can take your list of priorities that you did in step one, that'll help you kind of evaluate each property to see if it's gonna be a good match for you or not.


Number three, get your finances in order. The first thing you wanna do is go check your credit score and see where you're at. That's gonna be critical when it comes to getting approved for a loan. Next, make sure that you have plenty of money saved in the bank, set aside for things like closing costs, inspection fees, and all sorts of other things that's gonna pop up along the way. And then once you have all of that taken care of, the next thing you wanna do is talk to a lender and get pre-qualified. The last thing anybody really wants to do is start their home search without really knowing how much they can afford, falling in love with a home, and then finding out that it's out of their price range.


Number four, don't ask for too many people's opinions. Buying a home is an important decision, and it makes sense to wanna get some advice from people whose opinions you value. But if you ask too many people their opinions, it's just gonna make you insane. Ultimately, the decision is yours. Remember, you're the one that's gonna live in the house. Only ask a couple of people their opinions, but then be ready to make that decision on your own.


Number five, decide your moving timeline. Figure out how much time you have left on your lease, whether you're gonna be able to break your lease or pay month-to-month after that, and figure out what the rental market is gonna be where you're actually moving to. All of these things are going to be a factor in figuring out what your timeline's gonna be. So make sure that you take all of that into consideration.


Number six, think long-term. Are you looking for a starter home that you can live in for a few years and then upgrade? Or are you looking for a home that's going to last a little bit longer than that? This particular decision is going to determine most likely the type of home that you're gonna be looking for, as well as the type of mortgage and the terms of your mortgage.


Number seven, insist on a home inspection. This is actually very critical, and I usually make sure that my buyers know about a home inspection, and I encourage all of them to get one. When you go under contract, the contract is gonna give you a certain amount of time to do inspections on the home to make sure that you're buying something that's sound. The home inspector is gonna be able to go and give you an overall inspection of the home to make sure there's not anything structurally wrong with the home that could be a huge money pit later. You also might wanna consider asking the sellers to pay for a home warranty, which will cover most of the appliances inside the home the first year.


And number eight, get help from a realtor. Buying a new home is not just a huge financial commitment. It's also a very emotional one. Having a realtor in between to help you make those decisions without injecting too much of your emotions into the process is critical in making better, wiser decisions. So it's important to go through the process of finding a realtor that not only you feel that you can trust, that understands the process, but also one that you actually click with personally. You don't wanna work with somebody that you don't jive with on a personal level. I mostly suggest interviewing at least three realtors and finding the one that you really click with the best.


I really hope this helps answer some of those questions that you may have had before starting on your home search process and helps you get started off on the right foot. If you are thinking of moving to the Emerald Coast, feel free to grab my free relocation guide in the description underneath this video. I'm gonna put a link right down there and all you have to do is click it and it'll take you right over there where you can grab that. Thanks so much for watching my video. I hope you enjoyed this content and got a little bit out of it. If you did, do me a big favor and give me a thumbs up, and drop me a comment underneath this video. I'd love to hear your thoughts on what you're struggling with with your home search. And I'd be happy to answer any questions that you throw my way. Once again, thank you so much for watching my video. I am Jodie Cordell, The Savvy Agent with Spence Properties here in Crestview, Florida. And I'll see you on the next video.


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