Saturday, February 12, 2005

Finding the Right House

Searching for a new house is an exciting venture. As you attend each showing and open house you try to visualize your family and furnishings in place, and what your life might be like in each house. There are so many options and housing alternatives that it is difficult to know where to start.

Before you start searching for your new home it is recommended that you first sit down with your family and determine what you are looking for. What is it that you want in your new home? This should be done before you start talking to a real estate agent or visiting listed properties.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when you are considering what it is you are looking for in your new home.

1. Determine what your budget is and stick to it. You will be happy you did. There is nothing worse than ending up in a house with payments you can not afford.

2. Once you decide on your budget get pre-approved for housing finance.

3. Where do you want to live? Do you want to be close to your job or school? What sort of neighborhood will you feel most comfortable in? This is a question of lifestyle. What schools are in your chosen location? Ultimately, consider what things are important in your life. Obviously, if you appreciate peace and quiet then you will not be happy downtown in a city environment.

4. Do some research on the different housing types and prices in your area, or the area you are considering buying in. Local newspapers, Internet listings and local Real Estate Agencies are good places to gather information to assist you in finding the right place.

5. Make a list of the features you want in a house and what you can do without.

6. Don't let a Real Estate Agent rush you into signing a contract or talk you into anything you're not comfortable with.

7. When deciding on a home do not just consider your present needs but consider the future. Will the home meet your needs in five or ten years as your family grows. Is there room to add on in the future if needed?

8. Be patient and take as much time as you need to in finding the right house for you and your family. The deal of a lifetime comes along every week.

If you plan your house shopping carefully, and have considered the above questions, the entire process will be much easier and less stressful. Above all, enjoy the search and your new home.

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