3 Things You Must Know Before Buying a Home

Are you ready to start looking for your dream home? Buying a house is one of the most significant purchases you'll ever make. Keep reading to discover three things you must know before starting your home search. 

1) Get Pre-Approved with a Local Lender

Shopping for a home is exciting and fun, but the process should start in a lender's office, not an open house. Most sellers expect buyers to have a pre-approval letter before making an offer. Sellers will also be more willing to negotiate with those who can prove they have financing. Getting pre-approved by a local lender is also important. When listing agents compare offers in a competitive market, they'll want to work with a lender they can easily contact. Local lenders are usually easier to reach compared to big box banks or online mortgage companies. 

2) Know Your Market

Home inventory is shrinking, and homes are selling quicker than ever. Mortgage rates are also rising, pressuring homebuyers to move quickly to lock in the best rates. That being said, it's crucial to understand how compeitive the current housing market is. Be prepared to make a quick decision or expand your search radius. Also, be sure to determine what aspects of your home and future neighborhood are non-negotiable. What is most important to you about you future home? Is it living in a top school district? Or maybe the distance of your daily commute to work? Narrow down a list of what is most important to you in your future home, but be willing to compromise if needed. 

3) Work with a Local Expert 

Working with a local expert that you trust is one of the most important things you can do. Research the agent you will be working with and check out reviews from past clients. Finding an experienced agent goes a long way to protect you as a buyer and help you write a clean, strong offer. Setting up a strategy session with your Realtor is crucial to getting the most insight into your local market and help keep the house hunting process short and stress-free. 

Finding a home in today's market can be challenging but it's not impossible. Before getting started with your search, get pre-approved with a local lender to let sellers know you're serious about making a purchase. Research your local market, then create a list of what you're looking for in a home and neighborhood. Be prepared to make compromises if needed. Lastly, work with a local expert who can protect you as a buyer and help you find that perfect home.

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Brent Germany Team is an award-winning team of expert real estate agents in the DFW metroplex. If you are interested in buying or selling a home, contact us for a free consultation. We stand ready to partner with you today.  

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