House hunting can be overwhelming with lots of options to choose from. But before you make your choice, check out these 4 tips for successful house hunting.
Go beyond online listings to get more details about homes that interest you. Check out police reports and visit schools to help you make your decisions. Sign up for email alerts when a home’s price is reduced or when there is a new listing in an area that interests you. Source: News.BHHSFloridaRealty.com
Buyers — especially first-time buyers — may want to hire a real estate agent to help them with their home search, as agents are experts on the local real estate market, neighborhoods, schools, the sales process and other factors that home buyers face. Great ways to find real estate agents include asking friends or peers for recommendations, selecting from agents with online reviews or attending open houses in neighborhoods of interest to connect with local agents. Even before buyers meet with real estate agents, they should do their own homework by reading up on the neighborhoods they may want to buy in, looking into recent sales and schools in the areas and understanding the general buying process. Source: SaveUp.com
Get Preapproved for a Mortgage
Get preapproved for a mortgage. Remember: you—not your mortgage broker—knows your budget best. Don’t forget about closing costs, legal fees, property taxes and insurance. Source: ReadersDigest.ca
Seal the deal
Seal the deal. By closing day, your lawyer or notary will have made sure the seller is permitted to hand off the house. At the final signing, she’ll transfer over your down payment. Your mortgage is finalized, and you get the keys. Congratulations! Source: Century21.ca
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