Real Estate 101: Your Buyer Checklist

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Real Estate 101: Your Buyer Checklist

Purchasing real estate may be overwhelming at first, considering all the things you need to study and learn to ensure that you make the right investment. But if you are equipped with the right tools and knowledge, it can save you from making seriously costly mistakes. For buyers looking to purchase a home, whether it’s your first, second or third, knowledge will be your best friend. And with some perseverance, buying your ideal property will be easier than you think.

To make it simple for you, we’ve created a buyer’s checklist to guide you on this endeavor.

  1. First, think about what it is you’re looking for in real estate. Separate your wants from your needs. Crucial factors for good real estate include location, size, style, and occupants. If you are still single, you can look at lofts, condominiums, and studios. If you are planning to have a family, you can look at homes and townhouses of different sizes.
  2. As real estate involves money, you will also need to consider is how much you can afford. When assessing your financial capacity to purchase real estate, it’s recommended that you analyze your debt (if any), monthly income, and credit status. You should also inquire about various down payment plans that will allow you to buy property but still be able to live a comfortable life.
  3. Real estate is primarily about location. An ideal location for others may not be an ideal location for you. So when deciding on buying a home, check your lifestyle, personal preferences, and the prospective home’s distance from your work. Meanwhile, location’s security is also a must-think. The internet is a good place to research about local crime rates, safety, commuting options, and traffic in the neighborhood of your choice. Other factors you should consider in a location include the proximity of a hospital or clinic, school, and other local recreational amenities such as parks, movie theaters, restaurants, and shops.
  4. The next step is to choose a type of mortgage and obtain pre-approval. Before you choose a mortgage broker, it’s crucial to do your homework and shop around before deciding. Brokers offer a range of interest rates, and it’s best to go with one that is well-suited to your needs as well as financial capabilities. It is highly recommended you deal with a mortgage broker when deciding on this aspect.
  5. Work with highly recommended realtors, and if you are new to real estate, asking for referrals especially in the neighborhood of your choice will be helpful. Good realtors will take the stress out of buying real estate as they can help you find property that suits your individual preferences and will also help you with payment options.
  6. Finally, avoid the mistake of purchasing right away. Here’s another often overlooked tip: narrow down your options to five, visit them all to get a feel for the whole property. Many buyers experience having “cold feet” when purchasing a home because they have not looked at enough options before deciding. So remember, even if you are decided on a property, you should still try to negotiate with your broker to increase your chances of getting a good deal.

These are some of the most basic points you should consider when buying real estate. Remember that going into the industry without this checklist in mind may be a pricey mistake. Why risk that when finding your dream home can be ease-free?

Crystal Tost

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