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Buying a Home

Begin by doing some online research to familiarize yourself with some of your options when buying a home. For instance, should you buy a single-family house or a condo? Also start thinking about what town you want to live in. When you choose a community, there are a few things to think about. How long will your commute to work be? What the schools are like?  Find out if the town has features you want such as parks, places of worship, cultural centers, or shopping nearby. Drive by homes currently on the market to get a feel for the neighborhoods in the town.  Make a wish-list of which amenities you want in a home. Don’t make the mistakes some buyers make that can cause major headaches and cost thousands of dollars in the long run.

One of the most important steps in the home buying process is figuring out exactly how much you are comfortable spending on a home.  You should purchase a home not based on what a bank says you can afford, but rather what you are comfortable spending each month.  Download our Home Buyer Worksheet to figure out how much home you can afford.  After doing some research, you’ll know whether buying a home is the best option for you right now.

Once you find a community you would like to reside in,  go o that community, visit open houses, local churches, weekend events. Find a local agent who knows the community,  not just Real Estate,  local market trends and neighborhood trends are very important and will ultimately get you the best price for the best home.

Selling your Home

More often than not if you are thinking about selling your home, you’ve been thinking about it for some time.  For most people It is a gradual process beginning with watching homes that come on to the market in a town that you like. And then progressing to spending occasional Sundays ging through open houses, and then expands into a full-blown ‘we want to move’ Idea.   The sequence of whether you buy first and then sell, or sell first and then buy.  The general rule in an Appreciating Market  is to buy first and then sell and in a depreciating market sell firs then buy. Its always best to do the ‘hardest’ action first . So when the market is appreciating and inventory is low, with competing offers regularly, you should buy first because that is the one that is hardest to do, When you’ve successfully bought, then selling is a breeze because inventory is low and its easier to sell in that type of Market.

Preparation is key to maximize your net dollars from a sale.  The goal is to have your home looking as clean and move-in ready as possible. Most buyers want a home they can just move in, unpack, and begin enjoying their new home. Make sure your home is presented as  well as you would want it to look if you had your boss, and your bosses boss, and further up the chain of command in your organization coming to pay a visit.   Yards should be weeded and cleaned, rocks should be refreshed, Front door should be cleaned and tidy with a fresh coat of paint, windows should be cleaned, pathways cleared of overhanging  trees and swept front porch. First Impressions are really important.  So get to work on all the little projects that you know need to be done.