3 Vital Considerations When Looking at Homes for Sale
If you or anyone you know is looking at homes or considering buying a home, there are a few important considerations when viewing homes. Of course, looking at homes is, without a doubt, the most exciting part of the home buying process. And, it always helps to have a guide to navigating not only the home buying process but also the purchase process as well. But, when you go out and look, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind.
- Look at the space and location only. When you walk into a home, always pay attention to space and location. Do you like the room configuration? Will the floor plan work for you? Is the proximity to the schools, freeway, and shops something that is going to fit in with your lifestyle? Don’t worry about the stain on the carpet or the nick in the wall—those things can be addressed down the road in your negotiations or after the sale. The most important consideration is whether space and location will work for you.
- Consider your purchase power. It’s not uncommon to gush at homes that are a bit out of reach. Perhaps the home you are jonesing for has an awesome pool or a peek ocean view. Nevertheless, if you are obtaining a loan, then your lender has probably told you the limits of your purchasing power. Looking at homes that are not within your budget may, unfortunately, be a waste of time.
- Get data on the current real estate market. Ask your agent to provide you with information and data on the current real estate market. For example, before you write an offer, you’ll want to know the average market time of homes at your price point in your area. You’ll also want to know whether most well-maintained homes are selling for top dollar or whether you might be willing to write a slightly lower offer. A well-maintained and well-priced home in this active market will often sell within the first week after receiving multiple offers. Knowing the data about your market will help you get an accepted offer fast.
If you or anyone you know is considering buying a home, the agents at Broadpoint Properties can help. Feel free to call our office for all your real estate needs.