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Important First Steps When Buying a Home August 6, 2009

Posted by minnesotarealty in MN Realty.
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Buying a home is a long-term investment. You’ll probably live in a home for some time so you have to make sure that you really want the home you will purchase. It is best to be clear about what you want in a home before you start your search. While most Minnesota real estate agents can guide you in your search, the decision to purchase a home, and its implications, wholly rest unto you.

The home buying process can be confusing to first time homebuyers simply because of the number of decisions a buyer has to make. A buyer first has to decide about the location of a home. The buyer is then confronted with other choices such as what type of home to buy, the condition of the home and the home’s amenities. It would be better to create a criteria of a perfect home to judge all homes you encounter on your search easily. Create your criteria with these questions and considerations in mind:

1. What amenities do you want your home to have? Do you want to have a swimming pool, a garden, or a fireplace? Be clear with what you want so you can skip houses that don’t meet your criteria.

2. Be specific about your location. Author Ilyce Glink of ‘100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask’ explains that location is one of the most important factors when considering different homes. You’ll need to think about where you will be located in relation to schools, places of worship, shopping venues and even your friends and family. Your final location will determine how much you may need to drive each day – and if it’s worth the extra effort.

3. The size of your home. Specify how much space your family needs and if you are expecting any additions to your family in the near future. Your needs will determine the size of the home that you will purchase. If your family is growing, you might want to purchase a bigger home to accommodate your family three to five years in the future.

4. Are you willing to spend on home renovations? Some homes might have the perfect size and the perfect location but are not in any condition to house your family. How much are you willing to spend in renovating the home? Being specific about this area will help you save time as you exclude some houses from your search.

5. Will safety and security be an issue for you? If you have small children or are living alone, safety and security may be a top priority. Ask yourself what you will need in order to feel safe in the new neighborhood so you can eliminate homes that don’t meet the criteria.

Being specific about your home buying criteria will help you save time in searching for your home. It will also make your stay in your new home more enjoyable because your new home would match your needs and wants.