If you’re buying your first home, you know it’s an exciting process. However, it’s also a little trying – but with the right tips, you’ll be on the path to homeownership in no time.
First Things First: Hire a Qualified Agent
There’s no good reason not to work with a buyer’s agent. It doesn’t cost you a thing, but you’ll have a talented professional looking out for your best interests every step of the way.
Your Tampa Bay real estate agent can:
- Send you listings right from the MLS to save you time
- Help you find listings that aren’t yet on the market
- Provide you with advice when it comes to making the biggest decision of your life
- Handle all of the paperwork involved in purchasing the home
Figure Out Your Budget
It’s always a good idea to get familiar with the market and find out how much you can afford to spend on a home before you start house-shopping.
Talk to a few lenders. Find out what rates you’re eligible to receive, and when you’re ready, get preapproval from one of them. You’ll know exactly how much you can spend on your first house.
Negotiate With the Seller
In many cases, negotiation is appropriate. Maybe you want the seller to repaint or fix a minor issue before you’ll buy; maybe you want the price to come down just a bit to make owning the home more affordable.
If negotiations are appropriate, your Realtor® (see above!) will help you conduct them.
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