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first time home buyers

8 Tips to Guide Your Home Search

1. Research before you look. Decide what features you most want to have in a home, what neighborhoods you prefer, and how much you’d be willing to spend each month for housing.

2. Be realistic. It’s OK to be picky, but don’t be unrealistic with your expectations. There’s no such thing as a perfect home. Use your list of priorities as a guide to evaluate each property.

3. Get your finances in order. Review your credit report and be sure you have enough money to cover your down payment and closing costs. Then, talk to a lender and get prequalified for a mortgage. This will save you the heartache later of falling in love with a house you can’t afford.

CENTURY 21 REAL ESTATE SWEEPS J.D. POWER HOME BUYER/SELLER SATISFACTION STUDY FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR!

We are so proud to announce that CENTURY 21 Real Estate swept the annual J.D. Power 2015 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study awards for the second year in a row by receiving the highest ranking among national real estate firms across all four customer satisfaction segments in the study, including: First-Time Home-Buyer Satisfaction, Repeat Home-Buyer Satisfaction, First-Time Home-Seller Satisfaction and Repeat Home-Seller Satisfaction.

"This recognition demonstrates that consistency of service is in the DNA of our affiliated broker and sales associate network and it is a key differentiator when working with a CENTURY 21® professional," said Rick Davidson, president and chief executive officer of Century 21 Real Estate LLC. "As a leading global franchisor, we are not only selective about the independent companies and sales professionals who affiliate with us but we also emphasize the importance of building trusted bonds with consumers who visit a CENTURY 21 Office online or in person. Our focus is on depth, not breadth, when it comes to growing our iconic brand throughout the global marketplace."

Common First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

1. They don’t ask enough questions of their lender and end up missing out on the best deal.

2. They don’t act quickly enough to make a decision and someone else buys the house.

3. They don’t find the right agent who’s willing to help them through the homebuying process.

4. They don’t do enough to make their offer look appealing to a seller.

5. They don’t think about resale before they buy. The average first-time buyer only stays in a home for four years.

Don't let these common mistakes hurt your chances of getting the house you want! Contact us today to set up a meeting with one of our highly qualified agents who can guide you through the homebuying experience, step by step!