Not following these simple tips can give homebuyers headaches later.


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The home buying process can feel daunting, especially for first-time homebuyers, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are the three most important tips I can impart:


1. Get pre-qualified. This should be the absolute first thing you do before you even start looking at real estate. That way, you know the total cost you can afford and what your monthly payment breakdown is (including taxes and assessments).


2. Find the right agent. You should work with a skilled professional who knows the area and truly listens to and understands your needs and why you’re buying. You want someone who will be involved with you in the process of home buying, not just someone who’s eager for a commission.


The very first thing you should do is get pre-qualified.


3. Don’t get stuck on a number. I see this happen all the time, and good folks like yourself lose out on properties they love, and regret it. Know your budget, but also let the home speak to you.


If you’re a buyer who’s having an issue with your approach to our competitive market, reach out to me via phone or email. I’d love to help answer any questions you have and discuss your situation more in depth.