Tips on Buying a Home

By: Marian Porter, Broker Associate

Are you considering buying a new home? Here are some tips to get you started:

Know what you need before you start.

  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need?

  • What is the minimum square footage you need?

  • How is the location in proximity to your work?

  • Do you need to be in a specific school system?

  • List your “would be nice” items such as a bigger garage, media room, etc.

  • Drive neighborhoods to determine areas you like.

  • Check your credit.

  • Contact a Real Estate Agent.

  • Contact a Mortgage professional to determine how much you can afford.

  • Stay within your budget — Because you can!

New Construction or Existing Market?

When searching for a home, one of the main things to consider is whether to buy New Construction or Existing Market. My philosophy with New vs. Existing is this:

  • Can you get a new construction for the same price in the same area you are looking?

  • If you can, you should consider new construction for the following reasons:

Energy Features – every day there are new energy features that will save you MONEY. Some examples are radiant barrier and vinyl windows.
Upgrades – Every month, it seems, there is a new upgrade that is the “must have”. Stainless Steel Appliances, rounded sheetrock corners, etc. If you don’t have them, it will hurt for resale.
Room configuration – A media room and a study are now “must haves”. A home ten years old won’t have this.
Other Benefits – You get to pick your own colors, make modifications, choose builder reputation, and the home comes with a warranty.

Buying a home is a huge investment, financially and emotionally. You need the right real estate broker to help you with your next move. Contact me and let’s find out if we’re a “fit” for each other.

Marian Porter, Broker Associate
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