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10 Tips to Take the Trauma Out of Homebuying

Owning your own house is something everyone dreams of. You might be lucky enough to be able to build your own dream home using a builder similar to these custom home builders Lynchburg, but most of us have to do a great deal of house-hunting before we find a house that we like (and can afford). Here are ten tips to make the house-hunt a little easier:

1. Find a real estate professional who’s simpatico. Homebuying is not only a big financial commitment, but also an emotional one. It’s critical that the practitioner you choose is both skilled and a good fit with your personality.

2. Remember, there’s no “right” time to buy, any more than there’s a right time to sell. If you find a home now, don’t try to second-guess the interest rates or the housing market by waiting. Changes don’t usually occur fast enough to make that much difference in price, and a good home won’t stay on the market long.

3. Don’t ask for too many opinions. It’s natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas will make it much harder to make a decision. Decide whether you want to look at oceanfront condos, city apartments or countryside cottages early on to narrow down your search.

4. Accept that no house is ever perfect. You might have expected to buy a house with a large deck out front, where you can entertain your guests, but that shouldn’t be something to linger on. You should remember that you can always look for deck builders in Denver (or wherever you have bought a house) after you have made the purchase. Focus on the things that are most important to you and let the minor ones go.

5. Don’t try to be a killer negotiator. Negotiation is definitely a part of the real estate process, but trying to “win” by getting an extra-low price may lose you the home you love.

6. Remember your home doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Don’t get so caught up in the physical aspects of the house itself-room size, kitchen-that you forget such issues as amenities, noise level, etc., that have a big impact on what it’s like to live in your new home.

7. Don’t wait until you’ve found a home and made an offer to get approved for a mortgage, investigate insurance availability, and consider a schedule for moving. Presenting an offer contingent on a lot of unresolved issues will make your bid much less attractive to sellers.

8. Factor in maintenance and repair costs in your post-homebuying budget. Also, consider your living costs at the locality you are planning to buy the house, maybe by looking at, or other such sites. Even if you buy a new home, there will be some costs. Don’t leave yourself short and let your home deteriorate.

9. Accept that a little buyer’s remorse is inevitable and will probably pass. Buying a home, especially for the first time, is a big commitment, but it also yields big benefits.

10. Choose a home first because you love it; then think about appreciation. While U.S. homes have appreciated an average of 5.4 percent annually from 1998 to 2002, a home’s most important role is as a comfortable, safe place to live.


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