Take the Stress Out of buying a Home
To make your home buying experience a positive one,
you would be well advised to decide what is most important to you
and then match that criteria with a professional
understand your needs and work in your behalf to protect you and
to advise you in a comfortable but businesslike manner.
- When you find a home that meets your criteria and you're excited
about it, submit a contract after consulting with your Realtor®. There
is no way to guess whether it is the right time to buy or to sell for
that matter. The market is constantly changing, but it changes slowly
over a long period of time and is unlikely to affect the price in the
- Keep it simple. Everyone will have a suggestion or idea about what
you should do. Find two or three close people that you trust and try
to make the right decision. Too many spoons in the pot can be confusing.
- Make a decision early on the most important elements of your criteria.
You most likely will not find a home that matches 100 percent, but
you should be able to come close. No home is perfect, but you can enjoy
it just the same. Don't sweat the small stuff.
- It's got to be a win-win situation for everyone involved in the transaction.
Everyone wants the best deal possible, but at the same time you don't
want to lose the home because of ill advised negotiations. Listen to
your Realtor®, they should have the pulse of the marketplace.
- There are many elements that go into an enjoyable lifestyle with
your new home. Emotions can take over when you see beautiful features
in a home such as a large kitchen, master bedroom suite, pool in the
backyard, etc. But don't forget other elements that impact your life
such as location to work, traffic noise from a nearby highway, convienence
to shopping and church, etc. Consider all the factors before submitting
- Start early to prepare yourself to make an offer on your dream home.
Get a pre-approval
letter from your lender and discuss the various
types of mortgages that may work for your budget. Get an estimate from
insurance agents, movers and decorators. When you find the perfect
home, you want to make your offer as strong as possible without a lot
- Everyone is aware of the major expenses in buying a home such as
downpayment and closing costs. Don't forget that once you move in you
are going to want to personalize your home possibly with a new paint
scheme, new furniture perhaps, but don't forget the new maintenace
costs that go along with a new home. You want to protect your investment.
- Once you move into your new home, whether it's a resale or new-construction,
there is bound to be something you find that you missed the first time
that you don't care for. No home is perfect and buyer's remorse is
very common. It will pass and you most likely will enjoy your home
for many years and will be glad you made such a good investment. Again,
don't sweat the small stuff.
- Unless you are an investor and are buying the home strickly to rent
and enjoy the appreciation, don't worry quite so much about the appreciation
when buying a home for personal use. History shows it will appreciate
the long term. Buy your home to enjoy.
RUTH BETHEM, ABR, CRS, GRI, Realtor®
Premier Sotheby's International Realty
4001 Tamiami Trail N, Suite #102
Naples, Florida 34103
Phone: 239-777-7007 or Toll Free 877-777-7545
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