Thursday, 28 March 2013 22:05

The Real Estate Season is Upon Us!

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Real Estate Springfield |Time to Buy or Sell a Home!

It’s time to buy or sell a house!  For us, the winters are long, and most people aren’t looking to move during the cold months.  Luckily for the real estate market, the winter will soon be behind us.  People have been stuck in their homes all winter, seeing too little sun and getting a bit claustrophobic, and are ready to get out and relocate.  This means two things: there are more buyers ready to buy, and more sellers with their homes on the market.  

If you are one of the many people that are ready to purchase a new home, make sure you are prepared before you begin.  Here are some things that every prepared house hunter should have when they go.

Knowledge on what you can afford.  Do some budgeting and determine the payment amount you can afford.  Take into consideration the cost of insurance and taxes, and get yourself pre-approved for a loan.  The bank may say you can afford much more than you are comfortable with, so determine what you want to spend and look at homes that are within your means.

Know what you are looking for.   Before you start looking for a home, think about what things are important to you.  Is it the school district, number of bedrooms, an attached garage?  Whatever it is, make a list of those things and bring it along when you look at homes.  If you are looking at many homes, this will come in handy as you review your options.  Fill out a new checklist for each home you review.  Write on the checklist what you liked or did not like about the home, you may realize you have a few additional criteria once you get into the search.

Ask for professional assistance.   Work with a good realtor.  You need someone who knows the market, and can steer you away from things that aren’t right for you, and towards things that will fit your needs.  As you look at homes, make sure you communicated with your realtor and let them know what you liked or did not like about a specific property.  This will help them understand your needs, and will save you time and aggravation.

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Good Luck with the hunt, and please contact us if you would like some assistance.

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