First-time buyers - Before you start looking

Written by Posted On Monday, 25 December 2017 05:35
I get it that you can search for a house on-line by yourself. Great! Go for it; however, buying your first house involves a lot more than just finding something that you like on line. Navigating through the real estate process to get to closing on that house is an involved process that is not all that easy. Below are some quick tips to help you get through the process successfully.
Here are some tips to help you get the right start, before you start searching for houses.
Find a good Realtor®
The real estate process is not rocket science, but it is something that you probably don’t know enough about. You need a guide, a Realtor to help you through the process. Think of it as being like hiring the guide for that big hunting trip or the fishing trip to some exotice location. Your Realtor is that ghuide for this hunting trip. 
To understand why having your own real estate agent is important, read this article -
Get pre-approved
Find a good mortgage person and get your mortgage pre-approval lined up. This will help you “get real” about what you can afford and will prepare you, so that you can make an offer when you do find the right house. Your Realtor can probably recommend 2-3 good mortgage agents to call.
Make lists
Write down the things that are “must haves” and the things that are “would be nice to have”.  Prioritize the list, share it with your Realtor® and keep it with you as you search. If you make changes, share those with your Realtor, too. Also make a list of the places that you'd prefer to live and share that list, too. 
For Norm's video on this topic, go to
Norm Werner is a Realtor® working for Real Estate One in Milford, Michigan. Norms helps people buy and sell houses in Southeastern Michigan, in Oakland, Livingston and Macomb Counties You can contact Norm about finding a new home or about getting a Market Analysis for your current home by texting  or calling him at 248-763-2497 or go to his web site - and fill out the Help Form for buyers and sellers. 
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Norm Werner

Norm Werner is a Realtor at the Milford office of Real Estate One serving the southeastern Michigan area of Oakland and Livingston Counties. Norm specializes in residential real estate. Norm lives and works in Milford Michigan and is married to Carolyn Werner. Norm and Carolyn live in a historic home just three blocks from downtown Milford, with their two dogs - Sadie and Skippy. Norm specializes in the historic homes of Milford and the surrounding area and is on the Board of Directors of the Milford Historical Society. Norm especially enjoys working with first time buyers and those at the other end of the real estate spectrum who are downsizing into their retirement home. 

In addition to his web site, Norm also owns and m,aintains web site, the web site. He is also the webmaster for and the web site and the MilfordCar web site, as well as his church web site - In addition to blogging about real eastate, Norm has a personal blog - - on which he shares inspirational messages and the occasions personal observation about life.

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