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How to Find a New Place to Hang Your Hat and Watch Your Family Prosper

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 01 August 2017 16:31

Looking for a new home is an exciting time, but it also is a stressful one. Because owning a home is such a big commitment, you want to make sure you make the right choice. Here are some of the best ways to ensure you find a new place to hang your hat and watch your family prosper.

Find Out What You Can Afford

Housing is expensive in most places, and prices continue to grow. Before looking for your dream home, it's a good idea to get a firm grasp on what you can afford. The best way to do that is to go through the mortgage pre-approval process. A lender will take a look at your finances and your income and offer a best guess at how big of a mortgage you can get and what your interest rate will be. That will allow you to see whether you can afford the kind of home you need.

Work with a Realtor

It's customary for a home seller to pay the real estate commission both for his or her own agent and the buyer's agent. That means there is absolutely no cost for a buyer to work with a real estate agent, which means there's really no downside. But the upside is huge. Professionals, like those at The Home Town Team at RE/MAX Integrity, know that a real estate agent has the experience and expertise to help you find the house you want in the area you want. Agents also often find out about properties before they are widely advertised, which can help you get a deal.

Choose the Right House

When you have a family, choosing the right house is extremely important. If you plan to grow your family, the larger house that needs a little work might be a better choice than the smaller move-in ready home. A home that has room to expand can be a better choice than one that is maxed out. These are important things to consider.

Choose the Right Neighborhood

The neighborhood in which you live is almost as important as the house itself. If you have kids or plan to have them, living close to schools and parks can be very important. For your family to prosper, you should consider the total package of home and neighborhood when looking at properties.

You are likely to live in your home for at least a few years, so it's important to make the right choice. Make sure you consider several factors and work with a real estate agent to make sure you find a place where your family can prosper.

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Rachelle Wilber

Rachelle Wilber is a former real estate agent now turned freelance writer that specializes in home realty, mortgage, and building. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies.

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