1) Hire a good Realtor
A home purchase will most likely be your largest purchase ever. Don’t hire an inexperienced Realtor to represent you. Do your research and find an agent that represents both buyers and sellers. Some of the highest producing Realtors only work with sellers and don’t represent buyers that well. Your goal is to find a professional, experienced agent that has great market knowledge. This will save you plenty of time and aggravation.
2) Arrange financing before you look at homes
The worst feeling is to find your dream home and realize later that you cannot afford it. Don’t assume that you can get a mortgage. The lending industry has been turned upside down lately. Before you look at property know what you can afford.
3) Know what you want
Make a list of your needs and wants. Discuss with your Realtor what you need to have and want to have. You most likely will have to make compromises. Everyone does when purchasing a home. Your experienced Realtor who knows the market will be able to tell you if your needs and wants match your budget.
4) Narrow down your geographic areas
Make a list of areas that you like. There is no point in looking at homes in areas/neighborhoods that you hate. That is just a waste of everyone’s time. Spend a day driving around the city if you are unfamiliar with it. Your Realtor would be happy to give you an area map and highlight areas to drive through.
5) Drive by
Once you have a good Realtor, have arranged financing, know your needs and wants and have narrowed down your areas get a list of homes and drive by them. You will eliminate several homes by just driving by them. This will save you hours.
6) Know that there is no perfect home
Everyone makes compromises. There is no such thing as a perfect home. I have seen people in all prices ranges make compromises.
7) Stay on top of the market
If you do all of this and can’t find a great home then you either have to lower your standards, raise your budget or sit tight and wait for more listings to come on the market. Your Tampa Realtor can usually set you up on an automated email system. When a home comes on the market that matches your criteria you will be notified of it immediately. This is a great way to be the first one in the door. Good luck.
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