Prepare for a Home Search

by Jacqueline Neal 04/02/2019

Before you launch a home search, it helps to prepare for the property buying journey as much as possible. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to get ready to find your dream house.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prep for a home search.

1. Establish Homebuying Criteria

If you know you want to buy a home, it generally is a good idea to define your ideal residence as well. That way, you can streamline your house search.

Consider where you want to reside. For example, if you work in the city, you may want to focus on houses in or near the city itself. On the other hand, if you plan to return to school, you may want to search for a home near top colleges and universities.

Think about what features you want in your ideal home, too. If you have always wanted to own a home that boasts a luxurious outdoor swimming pool, for instance, you can map out your home search accordingly. Or, if you want to purchase a residence that features a state-of-the-art kitchen, you can search for a home that offers this amenity.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

A mortgage typically is a must-have, regardless of where and when you search for a home. And if you enter the housing market with a mortgage at your disposal, you will know precisely how much you can spend on a residence.

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage can be simple. If you meet with banks and credit unions in your area, you can review your options and select a mortgage that complements your finances.

If you have concerns about home financing, don't hesitate to ask questions. Banks and credit unions employ courteous, diligent mortgage specialists who can respond to your home financing queries. As such, you can work with these specialists to gain the home financing insights you need to make the best-possible mortgage decision.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

As you get set to conduct a home search, there is no need to work alone. If you hire a real estate agent, you can collaborate with a homebuying expert who can take the guesswork out of finding and purchasing a house.

A real estate agent is happy to provide guidance throughout the homebuying journey. He or she can offer tips and recommendations to ensure you can find a terrific home at a price that matches your budget. Plus, a real estate agent will simplify the process of setting up home showings. Perhaps best of all, if you are uncertain about whether to submit an offer to purchase a home, a real estate agent is ready to provide insights to help you analyze all of your options.

Dedicate time and resources to prepare for the homebuying journey. By doing so, you can enter the housing market with the insights you need to succeed.

About the Author
Author

Jacqueline Neal

 Jacqueline has lived in Colorado for more than 25 years, mainly in the Foothill mountains outside the Denver Metro area. Having lived and worked in the Conifer area since moving here after marrying her husband in 1996. Both Jaqueline and her husband are also successful business owners and have enjoyed living in the beautiful mountain community.

With a background in banking for 25 years and the last 15 years in the lending department, specializing in Real Estate loans, mainly construction and land right here in the foothills from Morrison, Evergreen to Fairplay and all in between.

Jacqueline has also had a tremendous involvement in our community as a member of both the Conifer and Platte Canyon area Chambers; past member of Conifer Rotary and currently serving as the Chair of our local Salvation Army serving the 285 corridor.

Jacqueline is a Broker Associate and Realtor serving as a member of The National Association of Realtors; Colorado Association of Realtors and our local Mountain Metro Association of Realtors(MMAR) and a Certified Mountain Area Specialist.

Jacqueline’s passion and commitment to her community and providing excellent customer service for all of your Real Estate needs is what she will bring to you.