Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Your First Home: What is Right for You?

Life is associated with a series of "firsts." First car, first date, first day of college and first day on the job. All of these firsts are monumental steps in moving forward with your life, and one of the most exciting firsts, undoubtedly, will be buying your first home. However, there are so many decisions for first-time buyers, it's easy to be overwhelmed and make a rash decision. Slow down, and make sure you haven't left any stone unturned in the quest to find the perfect home for you.

First of all, you need to figure out if now is the right time to buy a home. Sure, it may feel right, but is it realistic? If you can't commit to a place for at least a few years, now probably isn't the right time to buy. Likewise, if you're financially unstable or have bad credit, take the steps to improve your status before making such an important investment.

If you're confident enough to move on, enlist the help of a professional. Today, especially with Internet, it's possible to find a home on your own, but the knowledge of a licensed REALTOR® is invaluable. Your REALTOR® will help you through the entire process, and you can rest assured they'll take into consideration everything you're looking for in a new home.

Next, think about what kind of lifestyle you'll be most comfortable with. This lifestyle will be the determining factor in which neighborhood you'll choose. Whether it's rural, suburb or right in the urban center of it all, whichever community you choose, do take into consideration the schools nearby — even if you don't have school-aged children. When it comes time to sell, you'll find that a good school system will be an advantage in helping your home retain or gain value.
Finally, don't be discouraged if you can't find the picture-perfect home of your dreams. If it's in a good neighborhood and the right price range for you, don't pass it by; that deck can always be added and the kitchen remodeled later. Remember, it's your home — you can do with it what you please.

Buying your first home can be a stressful process, but worthwhile once you've found your perfect fit. Remember, your first home will more than likely house a number of future firsts, as well. Make sure those firsts happen in a home that is right for you and your family.

To start your homebuying journey, give me a call. 614-565-8161

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