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Finding a Good Deal on a Home


Finding your home sweet home is a process that begins with knowing your credit score, finding a lender, and getting pre-approved for a mortgage. One surefire way to ensure your credit score is acceptable is maintaining a low debt balance―it should be no more than 30% of your available credit limit. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage puts you at an advantage because it means that the lender is confident you can make the necessary payments. Use your realtor as a resource to establish what your loan options are and then connect with a lender that fits you.


Once you find a potential home, it’s crucial that you play detective―Nancy Drew style. Appraise, investigate, and look for red flags. Is there wood in the living room that’s starting to rot? Are the railings on the porch or the stairs a little bit wobbly? Note these things so they can be fixed before you move in. If not, you may be stuck cleaning out the gutters on day one. It’s also a good idea to ask for an inspection on the house just in case there are any issues that only a professional could see. Always keep in mind the home’s resale value, because the resale value of your first home can predict what kind of house you can buy the next time around. Hoggard says, “I not only want to help you find your next house, but I also want to help you sell this house. So, I’m very clear about which properties are going to be smarter, or could be mistakes later on when it comes to resale.”

Take the Stress Out of Homebuying

Keep these tips in mind for a less stressful homebuying experience!Buying a home should be fun, not stressful. As you look for your dream home, keep in mind these tips for making the process as peaceful as possible:

1. Find a real estate agent who you connect with. Home buying is not only a big financial commitment, but also an emotional one. It’s critical that the REALTOR® you chose is both highly skilled and a good fit with your personality.

2. Remember, there’s no “right” time to buy, just as there’s no perfect time to sell. If you find a home now, don’t try to second-guess interest rates or the housing market by waiting longer — you risk losing out on the home of your dreams. The housing market usually doesn’t change fast enough to make that much difference in price, and a good home won’t stay on the market long.