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How to Prepare for a Home Search

by Glen and Lillian Ridgeway 05/05/2019

Before you launch a home search, it helps to prepare for the property buying journey as much as possible. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to get ready to find your dream house.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prep for a home search.

1. Establish Homebuying Criteria

If you know you want to buy a home, it generally is a good idea to define your ideal residence as well. That way, you can streamline your house search.

Consider where you want to reside. For example, if you work in the city, you may want to focus on houses in or near the city itself. On the other hand, if you plan to return to school, you may want to search for a home near top colleges and universities.

Think about what features you want in your ideal home, too. If you have always wanted to own a home that boasts a luxurious outdoor swimming pool, for instance, you can map out your home search accordingly. Or, if you want to purchase a residence that features a state-of-the-art kitchen, you can search for a home that offers this amenity.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

A mortgage typically is a must-have, regardless of where and when you search for a home. And if you enter the housing market with a mortgage at your disposal, you will know precisely how much you can spend on a residence.

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage can be simple. If you meet with banks and credit unions in your area, you can review your options and select a mortgage that complements your finances.

If you have concerns about home financing, don't hesitate to ask questions. Banks and credit unions employ courteous, diligent mortgage specialists who can respond to your home financing queries. As such, you can work with these specialists to gain the home financing insights you need to make the best-possible mortgage decision.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

As you get set to conduct a home search, there is no need to work alone. If you hire a real estate agent, you can collaborate with a homebuying expert who can take the guesswork out of finding and purchasing a house.

A real estate agent is happy to provide guidance throughout the homebuying journey. He or she can offer tips and recommendations to ensure you can find a terrific home at a price that matches your budget. Plus, a real estate agent will simplify the process of setting up home showings. Perhaps best of all, if you are uncertain about whether to submit an offer to purchase a home, a real estate agent is ready to provide insights to help you analyze all of your options.

Dedicate time and resources to prepare for the homebuying journey. By doing so, you can enter the housing market with the insights you need to succeed.

About the Author

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Glen and Lillian Ridgeway

We are a team of Realtors with the experience to make you feel “at home.” Strong supporters of the Sarasota “Support Our Troops” mission and avid volunteers, we prioritize a sense of community in our real estate process and reflect a love of our home neighborhood at Heritage Oaks in Sunny Sarasota.

Glen & Lillian Ridgeway have specialized in providing professional real estate services within private golf communities, waterfront homes, estate homes, new home sales, vacant land, investment properties and more in the Suncoast area (Sarasota & Manatee Counties) since 1997.

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Team Ridgeway is a team of licensed Sarasota agents who are well-informed when it comes to searching for houses in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, and the surrounding cities. Call today and get dedicated real estate service from real estate brokers who are familiar with valuing or pricing properties in Sarasota. Submit a completed form today and get reliable recommendations!

Real estate transactions involve a significant amount of money and tons of complicated documents, so it is recommended that you seek help from a real estate expert. If you are buying a home, a real estate specialist can provide you with home prices you can afford. If you are a home seller, you want to work with a real estate agent (i.e. a listing agent/seller’s agent) that can negotiate a winning deal. The key is to get skilled real estate assistance from a real estate specialist who will place your interest above anyone else’s. If you are searching for a Sarasota real estate agent to help you look for homes, Glen and Lillian Ridgeway can help.

Thanks and we look forward to assisting in all of your real estate needs!