So you’ve taken the plunge and have decided to buy your first home. Congratulations! You’ve made a great choice. There’s nothing else that can quite compare to home ownership and once you’ve gone through the process and are standing on your front porch you’ll never have any regrets. Since you’ve made the decision, you’re going to have to take some action steps next to make sure that your goal is realized and you end up with the home of your dreams.
Here are some simple steps to follow to get this action started.
1. Take out a pen and paper
Write down everything that you would like to have in your dream home. Would you like to own a single-family house? Perhaps a townhouse would be your starting point. Do you like the idea of living in a condo? These are the types of questions you need to ask yourself at the starting point.
The next thing you need to do is narrow down the selections to find the right home features. If you’re looking for a home decide whether you’d like to look for a bungalow or a two-story house. If you have a condo in mind, you’ll have to look at whether you’d prefer a lower level condo or one on the top level of a high-rise. Townhouses can have 1 – 4 levels or more so you’ll have to think about the stairs and how many sets you think you can handle.
2. Don’t forget to list everything
Now you really need to get to the nitty-gritty and list out all of the smaller details. Imagine the perfect house and write down everything you see. Perhaps you’d like to buy a bungalow for your retirement years that is full of hardwood flooring, has a 6 foot fence in the backyard to keep in your dog and is close to your favorite shopping amenities. Maybe you’d rather have a two-story home with wall-to-wall carpeting that is close to a park where your children can play. Fully envision this dream house and then make it come alive on paper as best you can.
3. Phone an agent
It’s not going to cost you anything to call up a real estate agent. As a professional these agents can help you find the home that will really make you happy and schedule appointments for viewings. They will also act as a negotiator between you and the seller to get you the best deal. As long as you can find an agent that you click with, you’re sure to find a home quickly.