1. Every thing takes longer than you think that it will and expect the unexpected.
2. Figure out what the budget is. ( about 1/3 of your income.)
3. Get pre-approved, that way the seller knows you are ready to buy and you know the price range to look in. That way you do not find your dream home and you can not get the money for it because it is to much.
4. Have money saved up for the down payment, closing cost, extras or the unexpected things that might come up.
5. Make a list of the things that are the needs, for example: 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a big kitchen and dinning room, an office (because we work form home and have a big family).
6. Make a list of the the things that wish it would have, but if they are not there it would not be a deal breaker. The example might be a swimming pool, game room, theater room.
7. When looking remember it is not the furnishings and how nice they look, it the house and what condition it is in that you are looking at. How does the house flow? Will it work for your needs and some of your wants.
8. Think 5 years in the future will it still work for you. If you are single, what would it be like having an other person in the house? Are children in the future? Would there be room for them? Are the children growing up and moving out, now it will be to much room?
9. See a place more than one time before you make an offer. You might have missed things the first time around.
10. Once you have found the place that will work for you, go back at different times of the day. You might be amazed at the differences that you find. How would it be to get to work from there, how is the traffic? Are the dogs out and barking? Parking at night.
Have a nice time house hunting. I hope these tips help. I would like to hear from you. Tell me how you did?
copyright 2008 Dan and Deanna Finlinson