8 Tips for Summerville Real Estate Buyers

Whether you are a first time home buyer or have a half dozen home purchases under your belt here are 8 tips to help make the home buying process smoother:

  • Research before you look. Decide what features you most want to have in a home, what neighborhoods you prefer, and how much you’d be willing to spend each month for housing.
  • Be realistic. It’s OK to be picky, but don’t be unrealistic with your expectations. There’s no such thing as a perfect home. Use your list of priorities as a guide to evaluate each property.
  • Get your finances in order. Review your credit report and be sure you have enough money to cover your down payment and closing costs. Then talk to a lender and get prequalified for a mortgage. This will save you the heartache later of falling in love with a house you can’t afford.
  • Don’t ask too many people for opinions. It will drive you crazy. Select one or two people to turn to if you feel you need a second opinion, but be ready to make the final decision on your own.
  • Decide your moving timeline. When is your lease up? Are you allowed to sublet? How tight is the rental market in your area? Do you have a home you have to sell? All of these factors will help you determine when you should move.
  • Think long term. Are you looking for a starter house with plans to move up in a few years, or do you hope to stay in this home for a longer period? This decision may dictate what type of home you’ll buy as well as the type of mortgage terms that will best suit you.
  • Insist on a home inspection. If possible, get a warranty from the seller to cover defects for one year.
  • Get help from a REALTOR®. Hire a real estate professional who specializes in buyer representation. Unlike a listing agent, whose first duty is to the seller, a buyer’s representative is working only for you.

We love assisting homebuyers with the purchase of their new home. Contact us today to schedule a free personal consultation to go over the home buying process. We work closely with all of our clients so you won’t go through the process alone.

Sherry – 854 444 0772

sherry@tsg843.com