House hunting tips
Create a list of must-haves and deal breakers to guide your search. Work with a real estate agent who understands your needs and the local market. Attend open houses and schedule private showings to find the perfect home.Making an offer
Once you find a home you love, work with your real estate agent to submit a competitive offer based on comparable sales in the area. Be prepared for negotiation and potential counteroffers.Home inspections and appraisals
A home inspection
is a valuable tool for identifying potential issues with the property, the results of which can be used to negotiate repairs or a lower price. Alongside this, an appraisal is performed to determine the fair market value of the home. This step ensures you're not overpaying and that the lender isn't financing more than the home's worth.