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Tips for Finding the Perfect Home

Purchasing a home can be a thrilling new experience, one filled with many emotions and memories. Overall, this process is quite an adventure, one you should be well prepared for in advance before you decide to take the leap.

After all, there are many factors to take into account before beginning the home-buying process, including cost, expenses, location, neighborhood, and more.

With these useful recommendations for finding the perfect home, you can put your concerns to rest and begin your search right away.

Let’s get started!


  • Determine Your Housing Budget

It can be easy to fantasize about your dream home, including the location, the size, and what you ideally want it to look like. However, it’s crucial to determine a realistic budget prior to your search so that you can find your ideal home within your comfortable budget.

A realistic budget should be constructed with a “must have” and “nice to have” guideline, which will ultimately help you further understand your priorities aligned with your budget. Additionally, these lists entail conducting thorough research on the properties you’re interested in and budgeting for moving costs as well as any potential renovations.

Once you have constructed your list with your ideal budget in mind, your housing budget will serve as a framework for what you can afford and cannot afford. Without a strategy in place, it’s simple to go over your budgeted amount.


  • Research Mortgages 

After creating your ideal housing budget, you will be able to determine whether or not you will have to take out a mortgage. When moving forward with a mortgage, you will also be able to determine how much you will need to put down as a down payment.

Mortgage calculators are great to estimate your monthly mortgage payments, with your ideal budget in mind. When examining mortgage estimates, don’t forget to take into account additional costs such as homeowners insurance and property takes!

Additionally, establishing a concrete price range based on your housing budget and mortgage payments will enable you to focus on something equally crucial: the location of your new home. This will reduce the number of results that you see in your search, and narrow down your search exponentially.


  • Research The Location of Your New Home 

Equally important when considering purchasing a home is considering your future home’s location. What sort of community are you looking to call home? Do your homework on the school districts, commute times to work, and any other frequented areas that may be of interest to you.

Make sure to create a list of pros and cons to help keep your search objective!


  • Consider Doing a Home Inspection 

Think you have found your future dream home? Congratulations! Before signing on the dotted line, it’s important to take your research one step further with a certified home inspection.

Regardless of the appearance of the home’s condition, get a home inspection performed by a qualified home inspector to avoid any unpleasant surprises down the road. A good home inspector can tell you everything, including the age of the roof and any future water heater issues you might have.

A home inspection will save you time, and money, down the road!


  • Work with a Real Estate Agent 

If you haven’t had any real luck with finding your perfect home, it might be worthwhile to work with an experienced real estate agent in your area.

In order to assist you in finding the ideal home for your needs, a real estate agent will be knowledgeable about market trends amongst other aspects of the home-buying process that you may not be all-too-familiar with.

They can assist you in your search and put you ahead of other homebuyers thanks to their experience and knowledge.


Let KCS Brokers Find Your Perfect Home

Even though the home-buying process can be a lengthy one, it’s worthwhile once you find and own your new home.

With the helping hand of Kaitlyn Siracusa at KCS Brokers, we can guarantee you will be in great hands throughout every step of the homebuying process.

Looking for a home in the New Jersey area? Reach out to Kaitlyn today! 


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