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How to Prepare for a Home Search

by Scott Dykstra 03/11/2019

Before you launch a home search, it helps to prepare for the property buying journey as much as possible. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to get ready to find your dream house.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prep for a home search.

1. Establish Homebuying Criteria

If you know you want to buy a home, it generally is a good idea to define your ideal residence as well. That way, you can streamline your house search.

Consider where you want to reside. For example, if you work in the city, you may want to focus on houses in or near the city itself. On the other hand, if you plan to return to school, you may want to search for a home near top colleges and universities.

Think about what features you want in your ideal home, too. If you have always wanted to own a home that boasts a luxurious outdoor swimming pool, for instance, you can map out your home search accordingly. Or, if you want to purchase a residence that features a state-of-the-art kitchen, you can search for a home that offers this amenity.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

A mortgage typically is a must-have, regardless of where and when you search for a home. And if you enter the housing market with a mortgage at your disposal, you will know precisely how much you can spend on a residence.

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage can be simple. If you meet with banks and credit unions in your area, you can review your options and select a mortgage that complements your finances.

If you have concerns about home financing, don't hesitate to ask questions. Banks and credit unions employ courteous, diligent mortgage specialists who can respond to your home financing queries. As such, you can work with these specialists to gain the home financing insights you need to make the best-possible mortgage decision.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

As you get set to conduct a home search, there is no need to work alone. If you hire a real estate agent, you can collaborate with a homebuying expert who can take the guesswork out of finding and purchasing a house.

A real estate agent is happy to provide guidance throughout the homebuying journey. He or she can offer tips and recommendations to ensure you can find a terrific home at a price that matches your budget. Plus, a real estate agent will simplify the process of setting up home showings. Perhaps best of all, if you are uncertain about whether to submit an offer to purchase a home, a real estate agent is ready to provide insights to help you analyze all of your options.

Dedicate time and resources to prepare for the homebuying journey. By doing so, you can enter the housing market with the insights you need to succeed.

About the Author

Author
Scott Dykstra

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With over 3000 Real Estate Agents in the Treasure Valley, you have a lot of choices when it comes to picking an agent to represent you in selling or purchasing a home. With over 22 years of experience working with Coldwell Banker, and being an Idaho native I'll apply all of my knowledge to your transaction. With a team of lenders, appraisers, title officers and home inspectors you can expect Excellence in every part of your transaction.

Excellence in Designations?

Yes, I have lots of designations and initials and I would be happy to tell you what they all mean. Realtor®, Associate Broker, CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative), CSP (Certified New Home Sales Professional), CRRS (Certified Residential Relocation Specialist), Chairman's Circle, President's Circle, and AANG (All Around Nice Guy)!

Full-Time Excellence
Being a full-time Real Estate Agent is a lifestyle more than a career. I will always try to answer my phone and be available for your questions or the questions from a buyer for your home. When a new home comes on the market I understand that sometimes I need to drop everything so we can look at it now! Being in the office almost every day I keep up with what the market is doing so you are free to live, work and play. 

Excellence & Expertise

Buying or selling a home is one of the most important and expensive transactions you will have in your life. Because of that, it is important that you work with someone you can talk to and feel comfortable with.  People trust me with their most valuable asset. It's a responsibility I take very seriously.

Let me guide you through the complexities of buying or selling your home, eliminating hassles and stress. I look forward to working with you.