CHAPTER 5 Searching for the Right Home
Buying a home is an exciting event, but the process of finding the right one can be daunting. It’s a major investment. It’s an emotional time of making lifestyle decisions. It isn’t like buying a pair of shoes from the department store that are a bit snug, because you can’t just return the house if you’re not satisfied. Once you buy, you’re in for the long haul. To avoid costly mistakes that could haunt you for years, you need to make sure you do your homework properly when house hunting.
VIEWING A HOME
For most people, the prospect of going to view homes they like is a thrilling experience. It’s tempting to think that this is the first step to buying a home, but it’s not. Assuming you have your down payment, mortgage preapproval, and other financial issues handled, the first thing you need to do before viewing any home is to determine what you’re looking for. • What is your criteria? • Do you need a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms? • Do you want a yard? Is a separate garden area necessary to your lifestyle? • Do you want property only in particular neighborhoods? • How much are you willing or able to spend?
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