Finding That 'Just Right' Home

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Want to make the home buying process much more organized and enjoyable?  

It's important to be realistic about what you can afford and what is available in the communities where you want to live.  It's also important to realize that no house is perfect, and you will need to make compromises.  Your goal should be to get a home you really like that fits your needs and your budget. 

Your first step should be to sit down and make a list of what features are in your perfect home and organize the items into 3 main categories:

The Hard Costs of Waiting To Buy A Home

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Sometimes the perfect deal just isn’t out there, or perhaps you're not completely convinced or motivated and feel that waiting may be a better idea.  Maybe you want to see if interest rates go down a little more, which is always possible. 

There are some significant financial factors based on timing that are working against you as you wait.  

Looking For The Perfect Neighborhood? Where to Start?

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Before you start looking for a home to buy, you need to consider the neighborhood. There's no point in falling in love with a home in an area that does not suit your lifestyle. If you realize after you move that the neighborhood's not for you, it's too late.

There are so many things to consider when you're searching for the perfect neighborhood. Safety, amenities, schools, your commute to work, do you need a car, just to name a few.  Where do you start?  Here are some essentials you shouldn't overlook when searching for a neighborhood where you will be happy living.

Why You Should Never Buy a Home Without the Help of a REALTOR®

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You wouldn't defend yourself from a lawsuit without the assistance of an attorney, nor would you diagnose and treat yourself for an illness . . . you would consult a physician.  Likewise, you should never make what may be the biggest financial decision of your life without the assistance of a professional REALTOR®.

Tips for Preparing a Competitive Purchase Offer

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Some communities and neighborhoods are ‘hotter’ than others, and homes in those areas sell faster and for more money. If you are looking to purchase a home that is in one of those areas, and the home itself is priced fairly, you may find yourself competing with other buyers to get your offer accepted by the sellers.

If you find yourself in a multiple-offer situation, making a stronger offer than other buyers will make all the difference. To make your offer as strong as possible, and ultimately acceptable to the seller, here are some things to consider.

First Time Home Buyer? 9 Steps To Take Now

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Are you looking to purchase your first home?

Here are 9 steps to take to help you decide whether you're ready to make the move:

1. Check the selling prices of comparable homes in your desired area. Do a quick search of actual MLS listings in the area where you would like to live so you have an idea of what you can get for your money.