NARROWING THE SEARCH;
“If you don’t know where you’re going… you’ll probably end up somewhere else.” Taken from a book title,
this quote conveys a very simple message – To achieve an objective – create a plan!
If you plan to buy a home soon, you will need to know “where you are going”. For a most enjoyable home-buying experience, first build a road map to your new home, a list of priorities that will lead you to your objective – a new home!
The first priority is a time frame. Write down the date by which you would like to move in to your new home:
Keep in mind that it may take 30-90 days (or more) to locate the right home, secure financing, and complete the home-buying process.
The next priority is to develop a detailed description of the home you hope to find. Create a list that contains your Home Search Criteria to help you distinguish between “Need to Have” features and “Nice to have” features. Be Specific. Include architectural style, number of bedrooms and baths, location, lot size, and other special requirements. Number your preferences in order of greatest importance to you. Don’t panic, just use
a plain piece of paper to ‘create your list’.
Your list, along with the information you share during our initial consultation, will enable us to narrow the
home search. We will take your information and enter your requirements into the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system. We will use our personal market knowledge to come up with a list of those homes that best meet your needs and wants.
During the home search, we will…
Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each home in relation to your specific needs.
Keep you informed on a regular basis.
Check the MLS database and with other brokers regularly for new listings.
Prepare a list of all homes that best meet your needs and wants.
Keep you up to date on changing financial conditions that may affect the housing marketing.
Be available to answer your questions or offer assistance regarding your home purchase.
Discuss market trends and values relative to properties that may be of interest to you.