Everyone loves to daydream about their ideal home. Actually finding your dream home, however, is not so straightforward.
Do your Research
Buying a home is a massive investment in time and money. For many, the purchase of a home will be the biggest purchase that they’ll make in their lifetime. You may be eager to get house hunting, but you need to do you research first — otherwise you may wind up with a home that isn’t the right fit. Some things to do before you start looking at properties seriously include:
- Consider your future in the next year, two years, five years and more. Are you truly ready for the commitment of buying a home right now?
- Make a list of what you need in a home, and what extras you’d like — remember, there’s a difference between wants and needs
- Get pre-approved and know exactly how much you can spend on a home
- Identify the best and worst neighborhoods to live in
Get the right Team behind You
From lenders and realtors to an emotional support team, you’ll need to have good people on your side when buying a home. For the best home buying experience, it is strongly recommended that you hire a qualified, experienced realtor, especially if this is your first time purchasing a home, or if you’re purchasing a home somewhere new. Your realtor will be your greatest asset, as he or she will be able to help you every step of the way to buy the right home. With your realtor’s expertise, you will be able to find the right home, make your offer and close the deal with as little stress and time as possible.
Keep Emotions in Check
Buying a house is inherently an emotional experience with more than just money at stake. However, becoming too emotionally invested in a property can blind you to some problems it may have, and could tempt you into buying a home for a price that is much too high. It may also leave you feeling devastated if someone were to buy the house right from under you. It can be really hard, but do your best to remain as detached and logical as possible when considering a home, and make sure that your poker face is firmly in place when you speak with the seller or the seller’s agent — if you reveal too much about your financial situation or your feelings about the property, it could cost you big time during negotiations.
Buying the right home at the right price is easier said than done, but it is a process that is well worth the effort. If you are considering buying a home or condo on Hawaii’s Big Island, contact local realtor Lailan Bento by email email@example.com or by phone (808) 936-1800 for a consultation.