A new house is a major purchase, but that doesn’t mean the shopping process can be fun. In fact, it should be fun. You aren’t necessarily going to buy a lot of houses in your lifetime, so enjoy the hunt while it lasts. We’ve got some tips to help you do that.
Get to know the neighborhood
Your REALTOR® can give you information about the school district, crime and other things, but you will be the one living in the house. If you think you want to buy in a particular area, go hang out there for a while, check out the park, see what it’s like after dark, if you can imagine yourself walking your dog down the street. Ask people in the area about what it’s like living there. When you already know you love the neighborhood, making an offer on a home in it is a lot less stressful, and finding out you love it can be fun too!
Look at more than one house
By default, the first house you tour is going to be your favorite. Keep looking! You need to visit a few properties to know that a home is priced properly; see what else you can get for the same money. Your agent will help you understand pricing and features, but seeing for yourself will make you a more confident buyer.
Give each home a name
If you’re looking at more than two houses, and even if you aren’t, you might have a hard time keeping them all straight later. There’s a lot to take in and think about. Give the house a name, something you associate it with so you remember it later. Name it based on how you feel about it while walking around or based on a specific feature you absolutely love – or hate.
Find the right realtor
You need to find the right realtor to help guide you through this important and sometimes confusing process. You need someone you can trust and someone you like spending time with. After all, this person will likely be there when you’re making important decisions and signing closing papers, which can be stressful, so your real estate agent needs to be someone you are comfortable with.
Ask your friends and family for referrals, people who know your personality and how you work. Take a few minutes to meet with each realtor before you decide who to work with. Discuss your needs over coffee or on the phone. Ask questions about how they work and what they can do for you. This is Minnesota, and we’re nice here, but that doesn’t mean you need to work with someone you don’t feel comfortable with just because they showed you a property or talked to you at an open house. The right agent can make all the difference when it comes to have a low stress, fun house hunt.
If you’re house hunting, check out our resources for buyers and give us a call if we can help you out in any way.