Finding the house of your dreams can be a struggle if you are going about it the wrong way. The first order of business should be finding the right realtor because without them, someone else is going to beat you to the punch and you will never forgive yourself for letting that perfect house in that dream neighborhood slip away.
The importance of hiring the right realtor can not be understated here. When you are working with the best realtor, they will be able to keep and ear to the grindstone and be the first to get a showing in that dream house before the rest of the potential buyers see it. This way you get to be the first to make an offer and get your offer accepted while the other buyers are still on the hunt.
One of the ways that you can help your realtor is to be very specific about the type house you want. If you only say a house under $400,000 in a good neighborhood, your realtor is going to be combing through dozens of new listings a day. But if you take the time to narrow down the list by telling your realtor the house should be $375,000 to $400,000, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large property, in a gated community, with a school within a few miles, your real estate agent can find new listings when they hit the MLS and schedule appointments fast.
One of the best ways to ensure that your offer is accepted first, you have to get all your financials in order long before you even begin the hunt for your dream house. Your realtor can put you in touch with different financial institutions that will get the paperwork rolling and get you qualified for a mortgage even before you see your first house. That means when you present the offer on your dream house, your realtor can show the homeowners your mortgage commitment letter, something that tells the seller you are serious and you have all your money in order and ready to close.
Now you know what it takes to get that dream house, get moving before someone else gets the jump and takes the house from right under you. Preparation is the key, especially in a seller’s market where there are too few houses and too many interested buyers.