5 Home Buying Tips For Any Buyer

You are looking to buy a home—congratulations! During this exciting time, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all the things you need to think about.
September 24, 2020 | Home
By: Addie B.
Addie has a wide range of personal insurance experience and with her position at Acuity, has been able to specialize in homeowners insurance. On top of her homeowners insurance knowledge, Addie has a good understanding of the insurance industry in general. She focuses on the consumer allowing her to play a key role in product development. Also, she is currently working towards an Associate in General Insurance designation. In her free time Addie spends time outdoors and enjoys playing and watching sports.

Author of Home Focus

You are looking to buy a home—congratulations! During this exciting time, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all the things you need to think about. 

 

Below are some things to think about during your house-hunting journey:

 

  1. Location, location, location! It is common for the most desirable areas to have the highest prices and the lowest supply of homes. Be willing to look outside your preferred area to find the best bang for your buck. While the city might be hip and trendy, the suburbs could be more affordable. Make a list of the pros and cons of all the areas you are considering.
  2. Know what you are looking for in a home. A home is a big investment decision that shouldn’t be made lightly. It is important to know what you need, what you would like, and what would be a showstopper. You should carefully evaluate every home you look at and try not to get caught up in the emotion.
  3. Be conscious of your budget. Most potential buyers have a loan pre-approval amount from a bank when starting their home search. It is important to consider long-term costs when evaluating what you can afford. Beyond the mortgage payment every month, you must factor in homeowners insurance, taxes, utilities, maintenance costs, etc.
  4. Consult a professional. Be sure to consider your options when it comes to a real estate professional. While most will want to represent you, take time to consider if they are a good fit. A real estate professional should be a trusted advisor on this journey. Make sure you understand the terms of any agreement you sign and any associated underlying costs.
  5. Use the tools available. We are facing an ever-increasing digital world, so use the tools available. Look up the listing online, learn more about the community or neighborhood, and even schedule virtual tours. Increased use of digital tools has exploded even more due to ongoing health concerns.

 

Sources

http://www.homebuyinginstitute.com/house-hunting.php

By: Addie B.
Addie has a wide range of personal insurance experience and with her position at Acuity, has been able to specialize in homeowners insurance. On top of her homeowners insurance knowledge, Addie has a good understanding of the insurance industry in general. She focuses on the consumer allowing her to play a key role in product development. Also, she is currently working towards an Associate in General Insurance designation. In her free time Addie spends time outdoors and enjoys playing and watching sports.

Author of Home Focus