Home Buying Tips from Deborah Kerr – Keller Williams Elite, Realtors
In our experience, a house is not a dream home because of its size or color. It’s about how you feel when you walk through the front door – the way you can instantly see your life unfolding there. This about more than real estate. It’s about your life and your dreams.
We’ll arrange to visit the homes you’ve selected, together and in-person, to determine the best fit for you.
- Get an accurate idea of your price range, an estimate of your monthly payments and a pre-approval letter, so sellers will take you seriously when you make an offer.
- Work with your KW agent to hone your “wants” and “needs” list. Think about what’s most important to you: the location or the house itself.
- Preview homes through the KW app to eliminate those you won’t need to visit in person.
- Plan an itinerary with your Keller Williams agent.
- You and your KW agent typically visit homes together
- Homeowners usually are not home, so you’re free to spend as little or as much time as you want.
- Buyers often have a gut reaction to a home. First impressions count, but you can also consult your agent to learn more about home values and possibly to reevaluate your priorities in the context of what’s available in your price range.
Sometimes buyers find their future home the first time out and others look at 50 homes before they see one that checks all their boxes. It’s a good idea to see at least a few alternatives so you have some points of comparison, but sometimes you just know a place is where you want to live.
- Look beyond the staging and decorative items to see the features and fixtures that convey with the house.
- Check the condition of the home.
- Keep track of properties by using photos and notes.
- Consider possible home improvements you might want to make so you can research costs later.
- Don’t forget to check out the outside of the property and the neighborhood. Your Keller Williams agent has access to neighborhood insights and data to help inform your decision.
- Locate your commuter route, schools, shops, restaurants, parks, and other amenities.
- If the property is a condo or located in a homeowners association, find out the fees and rules to see if you can live with them.