It’s about the feeling it gives you when you walk through the front door – how you imagine making memories there. It’s about more than real estate. It’s about your life and your dreams. The reward of owning your own home is one of the most fulfilling experiences you’ll ever enjoy. But being educated about the buying process, and having an expert in your corner, can reduce the stress that comes with such a major decision.
There is a multitude of stages in the home buying process that require detailed explanation and the more knowledgable you are, the better leverage you will have when it’s time to go to the closing table. This is where Eric Malek comes in, offering the advice, guidance and information that only a qualified real estate professional can provide. Because he stays on top of all the latest real estate laws and regulations, you can be confident that you are always receiving the expert advice and service you deserve. He can also help you team up with a proven financial expert to put the best loan package together for you.When you have a dedicated and experienced team working together on a planned strategy, it is almost certain you’ll be moving into your dream home sooner than you might imagine.
*Research the numbers and establish your price point. Meet with a lender who will help you determine which type of financing will work best for you and how much you qualify for with each type. Getting pre-approved can put you in a much stronger position for negotiations because it shows the seller that you are a ready, willing and able buyer, financially capable of buying the property and more likely to close on it.
*Commit to working with a strong buyer’s agent like me who will represent your best interests and work with your schedule.
*Start surfing. One of the most important tools you’ll need for your house hunt can be found right in your own hand or home – the Internet. Nearly every home on the market is listed on the Internet because real estate agents know the majority of people turn to the web first when looking for a new home. Start looking on websites like HAR.com, Realtor.com, MLS.com and Zillow.com for homes that fit your particular criteria. You can register for e-mail alerts on the right to have homes sent to you so you can research further.
*Location, location, location. Narrow your search before you start touring every house in town. Decide what neighborhoods work best for you and your family. Check out school districts, shopping and dining, public transportation, recreational areas and crime statistics.
*List your priorities and prepare to compromise. Make a list of the features you are looking for in a house and rate them on a scale of one to five, with five being a feature you can’t live without. Then, bring your list with you as you tour homes to keep score.
With this checklist and the right market conditions, you are well on the road to home happiness. For additional information on the opportunities in today’s market or for expert representation, contact Eric Malek today.
I look forward to helping you achieve success with this major milestone in your life.