The Most Essential Homebuyer Tips

1. Get a Home Inspection
Get a home inspection to evaluate the safety, overall condition of your new home.
91.4% Say this is a very important tip | 0.54% Don’t recommend this tip
2. Get Preapproved for a loan
    Before you start house hunting, get preapproved for a mortgage loan.
89% Say this is a very important tip | 0.78% Don’t recommend this tip
3. Communicate Through Your Agent
When you want to ask or tell the seller something, always go through your real estate agent.
     89% Say this is a very important tip | 0.27% Don’t recommend this tip
4. Put the Deal Into Writing
    Get the seller to put every component of the deal and any verbal agreement into writing.
87.5% Say this is a very important tip | 0.83% Don’t recommend this tip
5. Include Contingencies with Offer
    Include important contingencies, such as financing and property inspections with your offer.
83% Say this is a very important tip | 0.78% Don’t recommend this tip
6. Develop a Wish List
    Come up with a realistic wish list. Find out what you can afford in terms of house size, neighborhood, and amenities.
82.4% Say this is a very important tip | 0.27% Don’t recommend this tip
7. Know Your Local Market
    Know as much about the local market as you can. Use your agent’s knowledge to learn about the selling price of comparable homes and the strength of the local real estate market
75.6% Say this is a very important tip | 1.7% Don’t recommend this tip
8. Prioritize!
    Decide what’s most important to you before the negotiation so you know what parts of your offer you’re most comfortable giving up.
68.5% Say this is a very important tip | 1.11% Don’t recommend this tip
9. Look Into Government Programs
    Look into programs for first-time homebuyers. See if you qualify for the lower interest rates, low down payment options and down payment assistance programs some banks and governmental organizations offer first-time homebuyers.
57.7% Say this is a very important tip | 1.36% Don’t recommend this tip
10. Research Real Estate Agents
Don’t just work with the first real estate agent you come across. Do your homework and find one you’re comfortable with.
54.7% Say this is a very important tip | 7.61% Don’t recommend this tip
11. Keep Other Houses in Mind
When you begin negotiating on a specific property, know of other houses you’d be interested in buying. You don’t want to be so desperate to buy a certain house that you give in to whatever the seller wants.
43.9% Say this is a very important tip | 5.8% Don’t recommend this tip
12. Be Smart With Your Contingencies
    Avoid including unnecessary contingencies in your offer. Doing so will make it less attractive
40.6% Say this is a very important tip | 9% Don’t recommend this tip
13. Keep Negotiation Short
Avoid long, drawn-out negotiations, which can negatively affect the chances of your offer being accepted.
39.8% Say this is a very important tip | 4.8% Don’t recommend this tip
14. Shop around for Mortgages
Shop around for at least several mortgage quotes before choosing one.
37.9% Say this is a very important tip | 4.7% Don’t recommend this tip
15. Ask for more than you want
Ask for more than you want during negotiations, without asking too much. You can “give in” t the seller without actually giving up the things you want.
32.1% Say this is a very important tip | 10.1% Don’t recommend this tip
16. Scope out Neighborhoods, Neighbor
    Talk to neighbors to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to live in the neighborhood of homes you are interested in. While doing so, gauge if you would like to live next to these people for the foreseeable future. Bad neighbors can affect your property’s value.
31.9% Say this is a very important tip | 7.1% Don’t recommend this tip
17. Connect With the Sellers
    Establish a connection with the sellers. You may be able to get a better deal if the sellers see you as a person, not just an opportunity.
24.9% Say this is a very important tip | 27.5% Don’t recommend this tip

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