Purchasing a new home can be extremely exciting yet overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. Here’s my advice on what to do as a first-time home buyer to get the process started.

  • Find and hire a realtor that will advise you, guide you, and protect your best interest during the home buying process.
  • Find a lender that will check your credit, income, and debts to make sure you’re prepared to purchase your home.
  • Get pre-approved to find out how much “buying power” you have, learn which mortgage products/programs are available to you, and what kind of loan is most beneficial to you such as FHA, Conventional, USDA or VA.
  • With your realtor, narrow down your property requirements, must haves, wants, and areas you’d like to live in such as county, city, and/or school district.

As your realtor, it’s my job to help you find the perfect place to plant roots. There’s nothing more satisfying than handing the keys of a house to a buyer who’s worked so diligently to get themselves to the closing table. My goal is to help you find a house that feels like home.

Helpful Tips

Why Get Pre-qualified?

There are several benefits to getting pre-qualified for a loan. Not only will you be one step closer to home ownership, but you’ll learn the home loan amount you’ll be able to afford, thereby providing confidence for both you and your realtor that financing is available. Most realtors will ask if you have a pre-qualification letter before you start your house-hunting journey. Getting pre-qualified helps you financially plan for the home of your dreams.

Staging Your Home – Is it Worth It?

Have you ever heard the saying, “you eat with your eyes first?” The same applies when viewing a home as 77% of buyer’s agents said home staging makes it easier for prospect buyers to visualize the property as their future home. According to the National Association of Realtors, a staged home will sell 17% more on average than a non-staged home. Furthermore, 95% of staged homes sell in 11 days or less, about 85% faster than non-staged homes.