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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.

6 Creative Ways to Afford a Home

Think you can't afford a home of your own? Read on to discover some creative ways to make it happen:

1. Investigate local, state, and national down payment assistance programs. These programs give qualified applicants loans or grants to cover all or part of your required down payment. National programs include the Nehemiah program, www.getdownpayment.com, and the American Dream Down Payment Fund from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, www.hud.gov.

2. Explore seller financing. In some cases, sellers may be willing to finance all or part of the purchase price of the home and let you repay them gradually, just as you would do with a mortgage.

Club 2 & 1 Agents Rewarded for September Achievements

Debi Sbarra, Teresa Blanchette, Carrie King, Ruth Young, Linda Kent, Rachel Sbarra, Barketa Motsko, Tom Sbarra, Edna Pauly, Molly Nolan, Dick Echorst, Gina Kane, Heather WilcoxEvery month, our Club 2 & 1 agents gather with Tom & Debi Sbarra at a local restaurant to enjoy lunch and celebrate their achievements from the past month. 2&1 agents are those that had 2 listings and 1 sale or 2 sales and 1 listing during the previous month.

September 2 & 1 agents had a great time at The Lost Dog Café this week!

Club 2 & 1 is just one of many ways CENTURY 21 Sbarra & Wells celebrates and rewards our agents for their hard work and commitment!