STEP #3: HOUSE HUNTING
Using the services, knowledge, and expertise of a REALTOR®, establish your priorities for size, location, and style, and start shopping for a home that fits your lifestyle, budget, and long-term goals.
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CHOOSING THE RIGHT NEIGHBORHOOD
Know the Neighborhood Surrounding the House
The ideal living situation includes not only the right house, but also the right neighborhood. Thankfully, the Inland Empire is a diverse area with an ideal community for everyone. Each neighborhood has distinct characteristic and varying personalities perfect for where you are at this stage of life. Finding the perfect community for you and your family can become overwhelming and frustrating. Choosing a local expert who knows the area and has the ability to narrow down your choices based on need will save you time and frustration.
When narrowing down your choices on which community is right for you make sure you do your homework. Visit the area at varying times of the day, talk to your potential neighbors, make note of the condition of not only the homes themselves but the lawns and common areas as well.
Neighborhood Factors to Consider
The noise factor, created by major highways, shopping areas, railways, schools and restaurants, should always be taken into consideration when deciding on a neighborhood. Speaking with local civic, police, fire and school officials are a great way to gather information about the area you are considering. Your Realtor can compile this information for you and make recommendations based on what they gather. The mission of a Realtor is to find you the PERFECT HOME AND COMMUNITY.
Before you make an offer
Look at a wide range of homes before making a decision to buy. It is rare (and not well-advised) for a buyer to look at a single home, fall in love with it and purchase it immediately.
As a homebuyer, it’s especially important not to buy too quickly just because you have waited a long time and are eager to own a home. If you’ve found one or more neighborhoods that you like, look at enough homes there to get a feel for real estate values, or prices.
Then, once you’ve narrowed down the choices, do your homework. Research factors like:
- School system
- Cost of utilities
Quality of community services (such as fire and police) Anything else that will affect your life once you own the home.
When you find a home you really like, take some time to think about it before making an offer. In some markets, you may have to act quickly if there aren’t many homes for sale in the area but there are a lot of buyers. Still, think about your purchase carefully. You are making a big investment. It is important to make an informed decision so that you will be happy with the home you’ve chosen.
Once you’ve found the home you want and have checked up on taxes, the school system and the cost of utilities, you’re ready to make an offer.
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