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DEFINING YOUR HOME SEARCH
Once financial preparations are out of the way, it is time to find the right property for you. Finding and buying a new home can be exciting. However, deciding what you want versus what you need -and, within your budget – can be daunting. Using a home buyers checklist can assist with prioritizing your preferences.
Home Buyers Checklist
Best Coast Realty has created an easy to use and helpful home buyers checklist to help with understanding your home search.
From noting your preferred neighborhoods/zip codes to your “ideal” home style, Best Coast Realty knows that a good search starts with a buyer being as honest as possible about what is truly important to their next big purchase.
USE THIS FILLABLE PDF FORM ‘Home Buyer Checklist’ TO DEFINE YOUR HOME SEARCH
- Click on this link to access the ‘Home Buyer Checklist’
UNDERSTANDING YOUR PREFERENCES AND PRIORITIES
Best Coast Realty knows that everyone has different needs and wants. That is called ‘Life’. And, it is just fine to have varying opinions. It is best to understand and have conversations within your family circle about any different likes/dislikes/wants/needs BEFORE you start your home search.
Remember: An honest conversation will assist a home buyer to rate any trade-offs that may occur if the home does not fit exactly the ‘dream home’ you had in mind. A real estate buyer’s agent will be better equipped to help with the home hunt if all members, who are a part of the search, are on the same page.
Take a Drive
Paper is good for creating lists but getting out there to see the area is very important. Get to know the neighborhoods, complexes, or subdivisions, which interest you. Drive around and get a feel for what it would be like to own a property in the area. Start getting a sense of the properties available in those areas.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER IN YOUR SEARCH
So, you have figured out a general picture of your dream home. Nice! Now, do not forget to discuss and answer the questions at the bottom of the ‘Home Buyers Checklist’
- Time frame to buy/move?
- Home to sell prior to buying?
- Primary or secondary/vacation home?
- Is this an investment property?
- How long do you plan to stay in this home?
- Willingness to look in other areas?
- Is home orientation/direction important?
- Are elderly parents a factor for type of home?
- Any special needs for the home?
- Any other items to consider?