If you are working with a real estate agent to buy a home, and you are new to the area, you may not know what concerns to look for. There are a lot of different things that can come up when you are looking at homes to buy, and that is why having a great real estate agent is key. Here are some of the things you want to express with your agent, and things you want to do before you pick a home, to be sure that it's a good investment and the best home for you.
Buy in a Busy Price Range
There will be a popular price range in the area where you want to move. This is a range where houses go off the market and sell quickly and easily, and sometimes can be hard to find a house because they sell so quickly.
Even if you can afford more than this price range, or if it's at the top of your budget, it's a good range to be in. This way if something comes up and you have to sell quickly, or if you want to sell and upgrade, you won't have a problem and your house will maintain its value.
Get Full Inspections
When you walk into a house for the first time the sellers are going to do everything they can to make the home look perfect. You want to have the house inspected for all structural concerns, you want appliances tested, and you even want to have the house tested for things like radon, lead or asbestos. If you are in an area where specific pests are a problem, talk with the inspection company about looking for pest problems as well.
Be Smart Financially
A home can be a great investment if you buy smart. Talk with your real estate agent about avoiding things that can add to the expense of owning a home, like these:
- Buying in a flood zone that requires higher insurance costs
- Multiple unnecessary bathrooms that increases taxes and water expenses
- Wasted square footage that needs to be maintained, heated and cooled, and increases property taxes
Your real estate agent will be a pro in the area, so you should be able to avoid concerns like these, and make a good buy.
If you are looking to buy a home in a new area, working with an agent is the best way to get into the good properties quickly, and to get a great house. Be smart and talk with your agent about these things.