When you’re thinking about buying a home, especially your first home, it’s easy to get confused about how to start and what to focus on. That’s one area where our real estate agents can help! They work with homebuyers every day and they’ve seen it all.
We collected seven pro tips from Flyhomes Client Advisors (that’s what we call our superhero agents who lead the teams that work with Flyhomes homebuyers).
- Make a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves. Making a wishlist and being willing to trim it are both important. But making the list isn’t the last step, Andy in Seattle tells us: “From there, take a look at sold homes in the neighborhood you’re shopping in to see if what you’re searching for is realistic. (I say this so you don’t get burnt out in the process. Setting realistic expectations is crucial in real estate.)”
- Keep an open mind. Maston in Southern California says: “You may not find exactly what you are looking for, but that does not mean you cannot make it everything you want.”
- Research property taxes. Matt in Portland points out that the taxes associated with owning a home can vary greatly across a metro area, so it’s smart to take the time to understand them. Your agent can help you learn how to do this research.
- Avoid trying to time the market. Instead, Kim in Seattle says you should buy when you find the right home: “There is no ‘right’ time to buy. The right time is when you find a home you love!”
- Trust the process. Josh in Boston points out that your agent can help you avoid getting overwhelmed. “As your advisor, I’ll always break down the home buying experience for you in bite-sized increments,” he says. “This experience can be a piece of cake… I suggest you savor the journey and not try to endure it all at once!”
- Make sure you love the neighborhood. When you find a home you want, Shelly in Seattle recommends driving around the area … you can make improvements to a home, but you can’t change the neighborhood!
- When we asked for tips, nearly every Client Advisor shared this piece of advice: start by getting pre-underwritten. It’s the best way to be certain about your budget! It also helps you move quickly when you find a home you love. You’ll provide documents to a mortgage lender, and they’ll come back to you with a written commitment about the loan amount and type of loan you qualify for.