Buying a house isn’t all fun and games…here are 10 ways to optimize your house hunting experience: 1. Happy House Hunters are Ready to Drop Everything and Go. Sure, it’s convenient to house hunt on the weekends, but the best deals are found when you least expect them. Some of the best sales happen mere hours after a house hits the market! Make a point to be readily available and respond to our agent when they contact you. Holiday weekends can sometimes be the best times to score a deal. 2. Happy House Hunters Take Notes! Trust me, after you’ve seen lots of houses online, they all start to look the same. Jot down your thoughts in your smartphone. At minimum, write down the best and worst thing about the house and give it a score from 1-10. When you start looking at homes, take extra photos, and more notes too, so you can go back and compare.
3. Happy House Hunters are Financially Savvy. Make sure that you’re pre-approved for a mortgage and not just pre-qualified. Have your deposit in a bank account that you can withdraw from immediately. If you don’t know a good lender that you can trust, get in touch with one of our agents and we can set you up with one of the best with some loans starting with a 0% down payment! 4. Happy House Hunters Run the Numbers Up, Down and Sideways. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment, but keep calm and do the math. Don’t go into an offer without having carefully calculated the closing costs and the monthly carrying costs of the house you’re looking at. Think about utilities, garbage, sewer, water and of course, taxes. Don’t forget about planned maintenance! 5. Happy House Hunters Understand that Compromises Must be Made. While We'd love to tell you that everyone gets exactly what they want, the truth is that most people have to make sacrifices and give on at least one thing: location, price, size or finishes. What’s most important to you? We here at Younger Realty Group can help you figure that out! 6. Happy House Hunters Tell their Agents the Truth. Remember, the team here is on your side. Lying to us about your budget or not giving us honest feedback about the homes you’re seeing will do nothing except frustrate you. It’s okay if you’ve changed your mind about what you’re looking for or no longer are interested in a certain neighborhood. It’s also okay if you’ve changed your mind about buying right now... just tell us! 7. Happy House Hunters Focus on Properties that are Actually Available for Sale and not on Sold Properties They Found on Google. I promise we aren’t hiding properties from you! Unfortunately some agents pretend sold properties are still available for sale to get you to call them. It’s not cool, so don’t fall for it. Trust me, you will absolutely know when you’ve found the right home. Sometimes it’s the first one you see, sometimes it’s the 10th. It is a process, but we promise to find you the right home, at the best possible deal!