Tips for House-Hunting

Buying a home can be very emotional, but it can be less stressful if you seriously consider these tips.

There’s no “right” time to buy.
If you find the perfect home now, don’t risk losing it because you’re trying to guess where the housing market and interest rates are going. Those factors usually don’t change fast enough to make a difference in an individual home’s price.

Don't overcomplicate your decision with too many opinions.
It’s natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas from too many people will make it much harder to make a decision. Focus on the wants and needs of the people who will actually be living in the home.
Understand that no house is ever perfect.If it’s in the right location, the yard may be a bit smaller than you had hoped. The kitchen may be perfect, but the roof needs repair. Make a list of your top priorities and focus in on things that are most important to you. Let the minor ones go. Also, accept that a little buyer’s remorse is inevitable and will most likely pass.
Be Realistic in Negotiating
Negotiation is definitely a part of the real estate process, but trying to “win” by getting an extra-low price or refusing to budge may cost you the home you love.
Look at the House - Not the Furniture
Don’t get so caught up in the physical aspects of the house itself that you forget about important issues such as noise level, access to amenities, and other aspects that also have a big impact on your quality of life.
Plan Ahead or You'll Lose Out.
Don’t wait until you’ve found a home to get approved for a mortgage, investigate insurance, or consider a moving schedule. If you're not pre-approved for a loan, the seller will not approve your offer because you don't look like a serious buyer.

Your new home is a great investment, but its most important role is as a comfortable, safe place to live for years to come.