- Determine Your Priorities, But Remain Flexible
Buying a house is not a split-second or fleeting decision. It’s a long-term and significant commitment that can greatly impact your life. Before you jump into the searching process, sit down and think about what it is you really want. Are any of these wants actually needs? Are any negotiable? Most importantly, keep an open mind and remain flexible. After all, sometimes you don’t know what you need or want until you find it. When you know, you know.
- Narrow Down Your Location
Cosmetic things can be changed but location never can, so be sure you do your research about where you want to live and why. The neighbourhood you’re in can have a major impact on the current and future value of your home and therefore is a big part of your purchasing decision. While you can find love anywhere, you’re more likely to discover a connection that lasts if you look in a place that reflects your values. Do you like adventurous hikes in local greenspace, sunset walks on your community’s beach, or romantic downtown dinners at trendy restaurants? Val
- Be Realistic About What You Can Afford
You don’t need to spend beyond your means to find a house you fall in love with. There are “dream homes” in every size and budget and you don’t need to shop “outside of your league” to find the perfect house for yourself or your family! It is recommended that you take a deep dive into your finances and sit down with an expert to discuss what you can pre-qualify for before you start the shopping process.
- Do Your Due Diligence
Nothing jeopardizes a love story quite like finding out your love interest has been keeping secrets. You might find a house you love on a surface level, but if you don’t do your due diligence with things like a home inspection, you might find trouble behind those walls. We want your love to be a long-lasting one, so be sure to know exactly what you are getting into before you make a commitment!
- Don’t Settle If It Doesn’t Feel Right
Especially as a first-time buyer, it can feel like an enormous pressure to tick buying a home off of life’s to-dos. Purchasing a home is an exciting and monumental investment, but rushing into something that’s not really right for you just to say you did can you leave you feeling regretful in the future. Take your time, see what’s out there, and when you do find what you’re looking for, take the leap of faith.
- Keep An Open Mind
Sometimes the best love stories come from where you least expect! House hunting with an experienced Realtor ® can open your eyes to things you never thought would matter to you and help you realize that some of the things you thought you wanted aren’t in your best interest long term.