When you find a home that checks off everything on your “must-have” list, it’s time to strategize and start the buying process. Here are four things to do when you find a home you love!
Request a Showing
In today’s world, we’re all accustomed to shopping on the internet. It’s not a surprise that almost half of the home buyers start their home search online, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors.
If you’re browsing online and find a home that you love, it’s a good idea to reach out to a real estate agent to request a showing of the home as soon as possible. Online listings have come a long way, with some even including video tours of the home. But, actually stepping into the home is the best way to confirm that it’s the right one for you. It allows you to get a sense of the neighborhood, how much space you’ll have, and the home’s entire layout.
Get All of the Information
Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you’ll make. It’s important to learn everything you can about the home.
Your realtor will be able to guide you on everything you should know and help you ask the practical questions. Knowing when the last time the roofing or HVAC was replaced will inform you as to whether you’ll need to budget for any replacements in the future.
Put Yourself in the Best Position
In competitive markets, homes get sold extremely quickly and you’ll likely be competing with cash buyers. Start preparing for a competitive market before you begin your home search so that you’ll be ready to make a confident offer. Your realtor will be able to guide you through the offer & negotiation process.
Make a Strong Offer
Your agent will also have access to data to help you strengthen your offer. They can provide you with information on how much similar homes are selling for and how to craft your offer accordingly.
Another way to strengthen your offer is with a buyer’s letter. This explains what you love about the property and adds a personal touch that may help you stand out against other buyers.
Ready to get started?
Team Melton has over 50 combined years of real estate experience to assist you through every step of the process. Contact us today to get started on your home search!