Tips For First Time Home Buyers

Tips For First Time Home Buyers

First-time home buyers start the search long before most even realizes it. Here's what you can expect from your home shopping experience.

Benefits for a First-Time Home Buyer

You should buy a home. That's what you've been hearing from friends and family, right? So, by now you have likely alreadyweighed the benefitsand decided that home ownership was the best decision for you. That's a major hurdle now passed. You are focused and certain.

Defining Search Parameters for a First-Time Home Buyer

Almost 80% of all home searches today begin on the Internet. With just a few clicks of the mouse, home buyerscan search through hundreds of online listings, viewvirtual tours, and sort through dozens of photographs and aerial shots of neighborhoods and homes. You've probably defined your goals and have a pretty good idea of the type ofhome and neighborhoodyou want. By the time you reach your real estate agent's office, you are halfway to home ownership.

HowLong Should It Taketo Buy Your First Home?

Inseller's markets, often I show only one home. After all, how many homes does one family need? A few buyers will look for years, but buyers who do that aren't motivated. A motivated buyer will find a home within two weeks. Most of my buyers find a home within few days.

How Many Homes Will a Home Buyer See?

Studies show that your memory dramatically improves after consumption of carbs and slows upon consuming sugar. So, lay off the soft drinks and have a hearty meal of carbs before venturing out to tour homes. The average number of homes that I show to a buyer in one day is seven. Any more than that, and the brain is on overload. Therefore, don't expect to see 20 or 30 homes; although it's physically possible to do so, you probably will not remember specific details about any of them.Image title

How a First-Time Home Buyer Can Rate Inventory

Bring a digital camera and begin each series of photos with a close-up of the house number to identify where each group of home photos start and end. 

Take copious notes of unusual features, colors and design elements.

Pay attention to the home's surroundings. What is next door? Do 2-story homes tower over your single story?

Do you like the location? Is it near a park or a power plant?

Immediately after leaving, rate each home on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest.

View Top Choices a Second Time Before Buying That First Home

After touring homes for a few days, you will probably instinctively know which one or two homes you would like to buy. Ask to see them again. You will see them with different eyes and notice elements that were overlooked the first go-around.

At this point, your agent should call the listing agents to find out more about the sellers' motivation and to double-check that an offer hasn't come in, making sure these homes are still available to purchase.

Making the Selection To Buy a Home

I'll let you in on a little secret. I generally know which home a buyer is going to choose, and I suspect most other agents operate the same way. It's an intuition. But I make it a practice not to steer buyers, and I insist that buyers choose the home without interference from me. It's not my choice to make.

Real estate agents are required, however, to point out defects and should help buyers feel confident that the home selected meets the buyer's search parameters.

Article offered by: Elizabeth Weintraub

Blog submitted by: Ron Cooks of The Real Estate Market Place – Servicing the Greater Fort Hood area which includes: Killeen, Harker Heights, Temple, Belton, Copperas Cove and Nolanville. Feel free to call Ron at (254) 702-0064 if you have any questions regarding Central Texas Real Estate.

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