Finding luxury real estate

Published on February 12th, 2015 | by Balanced Family

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5 Steps to Finding Your Dream Home

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Finding and purchasing a house can seem like an impossible task. There are so many factors that go into the search, as well as the purchase, that some may look for years. In order to speed up the process, as well as make it easier, here are a few tips for buying a home to keep in mind.

Decide on Location
When it comes to real estate, it’s all about Location, Location, Location. In order to limit your search and get a good idea of what is out there, determine which locations you would consider living in. It’s important to be realistic in this step, as many locations are very expensive and/or hard to find homes in. It’s best to come up with a list of at least three locations that you would consider so that you and your Real Estate Agent have more homes for sale to choose from.

What is Your Price Range?
After deciding on location and seeing the prices of the homes in your area, decide on your price range. Do not only look at the price of the home, but also consider the many costs that come with it. Certain areas have extremely high taxes and can make an affordable home out of reach. 86% of home-buyers also consider the costs of heating and cooling, which may vary depending on the size of the house and the insolation of the walls and windows. 70% of buyers also consider the cost of commuting to their work and their children’s schools.

What Are Your Essentials?
The next step is to decide on the essentials that you want in your home. The most important part about this step is to take into account your price range. For example, if you have a budget of $80,000, you may not be able to get marble counter tops and 3 walk-in closets. So be realistic and be open-minded when it comes to these things as most homes for sale will not have all of your essentials.

Decide Whether or Not You Want a Real Estate Agent
98% of those working with a real estate agent consider them a useful source of information. Not only are they great for information, they are also very useful when it comes to connections. Many times, Real Estate agents can find homes for sale before they are listed on the market or immediately after they are listed. The best homes get swept up immediately, so it’s important to have connections to Real Estate listings if you have very specific criteria in mind.

Do Some Searching On Your Own
Only you know exactly what your dream home looks like, so do some searching online in your free time. 92% of people looking for homes search for homes for sale on the internet. A lot of websites even have notification settings where you can choose the criteria for your dream home and they will email you when any become listed in your area.

What tips can you offer to those who are looking to buy a home? What websites do you recommend for finding the best homes? Let us know in the comments!
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