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Finding Your Dream Home: 4 Ways to Shop for Your Ideal Property

There are hundreds of homes on the market at any given time. However, not all of these homes are going to fit your needs or your budget. Therefore, it is important that you understand how to narrow your search and concentrate only on home that can meet your needs. What are some things that you can do to find your ideal home?

What's Your Budget?

The first question that you should ask yourself is how much you think that you can afford to spend on a home. Then, you should get yourself pre-approved by a lender to get a firm estimate of how much you can get to finance that purchase. Limiting your price range can narrow your search from hundreds of possible homes to a dozen or so.

Where Do You Want to Live?

Finding the right property is only half the battle when it comes to finding your ideal home. You also have to find a location that you like that is close to work, good schools or entertainment spots that you may want to visit. If it takes too long to get to work or school, you may find yourself looking to buy another house much sooner than you want to.

Are You Working With a Realtor?

If you don't have a real estate agent, you should get one as soon as possible. A real estate agent will help you find houses that are in your price range and in neighborhoods or parts of town that you can see yourself staying long-term. Some companies realize that your agent may have access to listings that have not yet been made available to the public either online or in print publications. Having access to listings first may give you the first crack and looking at and making offers on properties without getting into a bidding war.

Fixer-Uppers Should Not Be Ignored

There is a good chance that your ideal home is on the market but hasn't yet taken its final form. Older homes or homes that may need some rehabilitation can be had for less than market value. After you close on the deal, you can add another bedroom, remodel the kitchen or put in the bathroom of your dreams without breaking your budget.

Finding your ideal property takes a little bit of skill and a little bit of luck. By working with and listening to your real estate agent, you stand a good chance of finding a property that meets your needs or can be molded into a home that you will love for years.


About the author:  Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area, writing on behalf of Krueger Real Estate. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym.

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