Are you getting ready to buy your first home? Congrats! What a crazy and exciting time!

But here's the thing. Just like most things in life, if you’ve never done it before, it can be pretty overwhelming. The good news is I've guided countless homeowners through the process, and I'm convinced the key to kicking overwhelm to the curb is preparation, preparation, preparation!

In fact, time and time again, I've seen that the more prepared my clients are, the less stressful the process turns out to be. Want a home-buying journey like that? DM me - I'd love to talk!

In the meantime, here's a kickstart guide that will give you a few steps to think through as you move towards your very first home sweet home:

- Get your credit score ready. The higher your score, the better loan terms you’ll get.
- Estimate your price range by playing around with one of the zillion home affordability calculators online. 
- Narrow down your ideal location, but stay flexible and have several locations in mind.
- Save for your down payment. If you haven’t started, do it now!
- Get a mortgage pre-approval. This will give you hard numbers and help you stay ahead of the competition.
- Find the right agent. Ask around if you need to; it’s important to work with an experienced professional who you know has your best interest in mind.

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The #1 way to learn about something you've never done before? Ask others who’ve gone before!
 
I’m not just an agent you know - I’m a proud homeowner, too! So here’s me, taking off my agent hat, putting on my homeowner hat, and sharing with you what I wish I would have known BEFORE buying my first house.
 
#1 Always buy the neighborhood not the house – you can always fix the house.
#2 Make sure you have an emergency fund for unplanned maintenance.
#3 Always remember you are going to want to sell – when buying always think “resale”.
#4 Unique homes are harder to sell.
#5 Plug your nose for this one… know where your poop is going! Septic fields and sewer laterals are expensive to fix.
#6 Don’t be turned off by the current décor when shopping for a house “paint is cheap” and it can fix a lot of bad décor.
 
Where are my fellow homeowners? Let’s help a buyer out: what do you wish you would have known before buying - the good, the bad, and the ugly? Share in the comments!
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Are you getting ready to buy your first home? Congrats! What a crazy and exciting time!

But here's the thing. Just like most things in life, if you’ve never done it before, it can be pretty overwhelming. The good news is I've guided countless homeowners through the process, and I'm convinced the key to kicking overwhelm to the curb is preparation, preparation, preparation!

In fact, time and time again, I've seen that the more prepared my clients are, the less stressful the process turns out to be. Want a home-buying journey like that? DM me - I'd love to talk!

In the meantime, here's a kickstart guide that will give you a few steps to think through as you move towards your very first home sweet home:

- Get your credit score ready. The higher your score, the better loan terms you’ll get.
- Estimate your price range by playing around with one of the zillion home affordability calculators online. 
- Narrow down your ideal location, but stay flexible and have several locations in mind.
- Save for your down payment. If you haven’t started, do it now!
- Get a mortgage pre-approval. This will give you hard numbers and help you stay ahead of the competition.
- Find the right agent. Ask around if you need to; it’s important to work with an experienced professional who you know has your best interest in mind.

Read full post

The #1 way to learn about something you've never done before? Ask others who’ve gone before!
 
I’m not just an agent you know - I’m a proud homeowner, too! So here’s me, taking off my agent hat, putting on my homeowner hat, and sharing with you what I wish I would have known BEFORE buying my first house.
 
#1 Always buy the neighborhood not the house – you can always fix the house.
#2 Make sure you have an emergency fund for unplanned maintenance.
#3 Always remember you are going to want to sell – when buying always think “resale”.
#4 Unique homes are harder to sell.
#5 Plug your nose for this one… know where your poop is going! Septic fields and sewer laterals are expensive to fix.
#6 Don’t be turned off by the current décor when shopping for a house “paint is cheap” and it can fix a lot of bad décor.
 
Where are my fellow homeowners? Let’s help a buyer out: what do you wish you would have known before buying - the good, the bad, and the ugly? Share in the comments!
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