Some Tips for a First Time Home Buyer

    Advice for the first time home buyer in Rochester MN.

    It’s not uncommon for a first-time home buyer to say to me, “Gosh, just last week I called you about buying a home and now I’m writing a purchase agreement! How did this happen which means that fast? “
    The answer is it didn’t happen that fast. First-time real estate buyers start the search a long time before most even realize it.
    Here’s what you will probably have from your home browsing experience.

    First-Time Home Buyer Benefits

    You should purchase a home. That’s what you’ve been hearing from best friends and family, correct? And by now you have already weighed the benefits and decided that home ownership will be the best decision for you. That’s a significant hurdle to over come.

    Defining your First-Time Home Buyer Search Parameters

    Almost 90% of all home searches today begin using the web. With just a few clicks of the computer mouse, home buyers can flip through hundreds of online homes, view virtual tours, and gaze at dozens of photographs along with aerial shots of neighborhoods and possibly a video tour. Most likely you have drilled down to the exact style of home and neighborhood you want.  With this type of research you’ll be well on your way to owning a home before you even meet with a real estate agent.

    What is the timeline for purchasing your First Home?

    I’ve had a couple unmotivated buyers and they have taken several years to find a home. But a motivated buyer will typically find a home within a couple weeks.
    Experienced real estate agents will listen to your wants and needs and will pick only those homes that fit your particular parameters.

    How many homes will you see?

    Typical the number of homes that a buyer would want to see in a day is between 5 and 7. Any more than that you’ll have trouble remember which home was what.  And depending on the price range that your searching in will determine the amount of homes available to see.

    Ways for First-Time Home Buyer to Rate What They See

    • Bring a camera to jog your memory
    • Take notes.
    • Look at the surroundings.
    • Do you like the location?
    • Rate the home on a scale right after you leave.
    Go Back and See Your Favorites a Second Time
    After a tour of the homes you’ll know which a few homes you intend to buy. Ask to view them again. You will come across them with different vision and notice elements which were overlooked the first go-around.
    Now, ones agent should call the listing agents to find out more about the sellers’ motivation and to double-check that an offer hasn’t come in, making certain these homes are still on the market to purchase.

    Making the choice To Buy a Property

    Now that you’ve seen everything you can make an educated decision and complete the final steps to becoming a home owner … Congratulations!


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