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Feb 05, 2015

Finding the Perfect Home

For those of you looking to buy a new home, we’ve put together a nifty list of the top 7 tips for finding the best home out there.

1. Look at all your options.

As you begin your hunt you may be tempted to dismiss some homes right off the bat without seeing them in person. In this case, the old adage “never judge a book by its cover” may be something you’ll want to ponder. Not limiting yourself as you search for a home is generally a good rule of thumb. If you keep an open mind throughout the process, you’ll be more likely to find a happy ending at the conclusion of your search.

2. Figure out the fair market value.

Make sure you analyze the fair market value of the homes you consider before you make a purchase decision. As its name would suggest, the fair market value of a house is the price that is most fair to both the seller and the buyer. An easy way to get a general idea of the fair market value for a particular home is to look at what has sold in the direct neighborhood in the last six months as well as what’s actively being listed.

3. Compare prices.

Along with calculating the fair market value, make sure to compare prices. See what other comparable homes have sold for in the area. When looking at other homes in that price range, make sure the amenities are comparable to those of the home you are investigating.

4. See the potential for renovations.

This is where keeping an open mind really comes into play. Bear in mind when you buy a home that you don’t have to take it at face value. Consider the various tweaks and adjustments you could make to a home that would help it fit your lifestyle. Renovating an imperfect home may seem like an expensive option but realize that renovations can increase the home value and that the perfect home, in many cases, isn’t out there.

5. You don’t have to buy new.

Determine if buying new is really the best option in your current situation. If new isn’t necessary, there’s a good chance you could get a great deal on an older home and still be in a comfortable situation. And remember that you can always renovate.

6. Don’t buy on emotion alone.

Purchasing a home can be an emotional purchase, but don’t let your heart do all the talking.

Make sure you evaluate the condition of a home before buying and avoid making any rash decisions.

7. Work with professionals.

The best way to ensure you get the best possible home hunting experience is to take a professional with you out into the field. Working with a realtor who really knows the area will help you make a more informed decision, letting you know exactly what you’re getting.

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