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Finding a Home

If you haven’t already, now is the time to select a Realtor®. Buying a new home can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. You’ll probably find numerous homes for sale in your price range and desired neighborhood, so you’re going to want to set criteria to help you narrow your search. First-time home buyers in particular have a lot to keep track of, but even the most seasoned homeowner can still take advantage of tools to make house hunting a smooth process.

Here are some questions to consider when searching for a new home

  • Does the home have enough room for your family and room to grow?
    • Even if it’s just the two of you for now, having extra bedrooms for the future may be a good idea.
    • Is it important to have a big yard?
    • How about a finished basement, lots of closet space and storage?
    • Make a list of space related priorities to look for in each home you see.
  • Is it a well taken care of neighborhood?
    • Take a look at the houses throughout the neighborhood you’re touring.
    • Is the neighborhood well taken care of?
    • Is there a neighborhood watch program? How well are the streets lit at night?
    • Driving through the neighborhood at different times of day can help you get the best sense of your comfort level in the area.
  • How close is your place of employment, schools and grocery stores?
    • How far will you commute to your place of employment?
    • How far is the nearest grocery store?
    • Can your kids walk to school?
    • Make a note of the amenities and conveniences that are most important.
  • How is the school district for the neighborhood?
    • Do your research of the school district and schools for the neighborhood.
    • Talk to neighbors or visit with the principal and teachers before you make a decision on a house.

Let us use our experience and expertise to help make the process as easy as possible. Print out copies of our Home Search Checklist, and take it with you as you visit different homes and neighborhoods. Don’t forget to also take pictures of each house so you can reference those later. Once you’re done looking at houses, you’ll be able to compare what you thought of each one by looking back at your notes on the checklist.

We understand being a new home buyer can be overwhelming, so our home loan originators are here to guide you through every step of the mortgage process. Talk to a home loan originator today at 913-642-8300, or you can Apply Online and a home loan originator will contact you.

 

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