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First Time Homebuyer’s Guide To Choosing A Lot August 9, 2010

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Did you ever consider building your own dream home? The first thing that you have to do to achieve this dream is to find the right piece of property. There are some things that you have to take into consideration aside from where it is located, there are different types and styles of real estate properties in MN to choose from. In addition to these, it is best that you are aware of such things such as the lots accessibility to power and other important amenities and the natural features that are found in the area.

The author of “Tips and Traps When Buying a Home”, Robert Irwin, recommends using a checklist when searching for a lot as a first time home buyer to avoid missing any critical details. Here are some essential tips that you can use to help you find the right property to build on:

1. Map out the nearby towns and cities. If the property you are considering is located in a rural area, you would have to know how far away it is from the nearest town and city. This is an important factor to be aware of since you might have to commute from your future home to work. Take the time to find out what your travel time is and what access roads to take so to get to the places you might need to go to like schools or hospitals.

2. Review natural features. How many trees are in and around the lot? Do you have access to a lake? How far is it from your new home? Many first time homebuyers overlook these important details when they have found what looks to be like their ideal lot. However, building a house that is very close to a lake or a forest means you may need to deal with wildlife and flooding during certain times of the year.

3. Find out where the water source is. When you live in a city or urban area, you typically don’t consider where the water is going to come from. When you are building a home on new land – especially in the countryside – you may need to work with a private water company and find ways to irrigate your gardens and land.

4. Find out the soil quality. When you plan to build a new home, you have to know the quality of the soil you will be building on. This is an important factor as it will ensure that your new home is going to have a solid foundation. There are professionals you can hire to assess the soil quality of the lot if you do not know how to check it.

5. Find out about building restrictions. Knowing what the building restrictions are in the area that you plan to build a new home will aid you in your planning. It is highly possible that there are restrictions on what you can build, how much you can renovate or remodel, especially if the property is located near a national forest, a wildlife preserve or a major landmark. Being aware of any restrictions will can help you decide what to do and save you from investing in something that you might regret on a later date.

Aside from assessing the physical features of the lot, you have to review the title in detail. Find out if it is a clear title and if there are no easements of any kind on the lot. Try to use these tips to help you find that ideal lot to build your dream home.

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Why You Should Attend a Home Buying Seminar January 18, 2010

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Mortgage lenders, banks, libraries and real estate firms in MN often host home buying seminars to educate the community about the home buying process. Whether you’re a first time homebuyer or are thinking about moving to a new neighborhood, the home buying seminar in your area is a great place to have your questions about home buying answered by local professionals.

Home buying seminars are commonly conducted in places like the local library, the community center, or in a banquet room of a hotel or restaurant. It may be held as a lecture with a Q&A session, or as a PowerPoint presentation or as a slide show. Many of the home buying seminars can be attended free of charge and you will surely benefit from tremendous amount of information that will be given.

A key benefit of attending such seminars is getting meet people like the local realtors. This is a great opportunity to know the various realtors and agents in person, rather that have to having to find them by using the Yellow Pages or search engines. It is also a way to establish new relationships and get to learn more about their services or the firm that they are working for.

Mortgage lenders that conduct home buying seminars will educate you on the financial side of home buying, and may introduce several loan packages and programs available, or even prequalify you on the spot. Meeting mortgage lenders at these events helps you establish a relationship and may make it easier for your to get started on the preliminary loan document process.

Some lenders and realtors may also offer discounts or incentives for attending their own branded seminar. While local libraries and educators also host these informational events, they may not be able to direct you to specific professionals in the area. When you attend a seminar hosted by a lender or realtor, you’ll have an opportunity to get referrals and other insider information about services you need. Mortgage lenders who host the event may waive your closing costs if you attend the event, and realtors may offer gift cards or other free gifts as part of their invitation.

“1,200 Great Sales Tips for Real Estate Pros” book authors, Christina Spira and Mariwyn Evans, stated that realtors who go the extra mile by creating videos to introduce their services and offer free gift bags go these things to establish a relationship with their prospects. These seminars can be used by you to get a closer look on how the company and the agents treat their valued and prospective clients.

The information you can garner from the professional realtors and the other benefits that you can get by attending these seminars will greatly aid you to getting a better home purchase. Consider signing up for one or two home buying seminars in your prospective area to get an insider’s view of the current market and learn more about your home buying needs from the experience realtors.