Buying a house can be a long process. Approaching it correctly from the start can save a lot of time and effort, and improve your chances of securing your dream home. When you’re ready to start looking at properties, Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS(R) offers some advice to keep in mind.
First, before you set out on your search, take the time to obtain mortgage pre-approval. This is an essential part of the home-buying process, as it establishes your price range and gives sellers confidence in any offer you make.
Next, determine your priorities. One of the most difficult parts of a home search is figuring out what you really want and need. Avoid confusion by prioritizing a list of the most important home characteristics ahead of time. For example, you may have a desired number of bedrooms in mind, or a preferred school district or home style. After you list the “must haves,” create a secondary list of characteristics you’d like to have, but can do without.
Once you start looking at potential homes, remember not to place too much emphasis on easily altered cosmetic details like wall color. Repainting is one of the least expensive and easiest changes to make to a home. Instead, focus on aspects that can’t be modified without extensive and costly work, such as the floor plan.
Finally, rely on a professional real estate agent as a helpful resource throughout the entire process. For knowledgeable sales associates with expertise in the Austin real estate market, contact your local Coldwell Banker office. To view all properties currently for sale in the area, visit ColdwellBankerHomes.com.