The Home Buying Process

 

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Get an Agent

Buying a home is a complicated process. An agent provides knowledge, experience and real-time insight into the market you’re looking at. And there’s more to searching for a home than just getting out there and looking at listings. An agent can help you find a good lender, think through what’s most important in your next home, and manage expectations as you begin the process — the home search can take a while.

Home Buying ProcessDecide What You Want

As a prospective buyer, you have a vision of what you’re looking for. This vision will include the musts — things you will not compromise on. Your musts may include a good elementary school, a certain number of bedrooms, a single story, proximity to work or something else entirely.

In addition to your musts, think about your wants — things that would be nice to have but aren’t vital. And finally, make a list of things that aren’t relevant or important. Perhaps you’re indifferent between single-story and multi-story homes, or maybe you don’t care about the quality of the elementary school. This practice will help you and your agent better manage the search — and it will also prevent you from wasting time on homes that won’t make good fits.

Begin the Search

Once you have an idea of what you really want, get out there and see some listings. It’s one thing to browse online and look at images taken to maximize appeal. It’s another to set foot in a home, to get a sense of its space, and to see the actual neighborhood. These early home visits can help you refine your thinking and further narrow your search.

Narrow the Search

At this point, both you and your agent know your ideal listings. Now you can focus in on these perfect listings and get serious about securing your next home. Time is often of the essence, and a good agent can alert you as attractive listings come on the market. The sooner you can see them and make an offer on ones you like, the better chance you have of finding success.

Make an Offer

Depending on the market and a specific home’s condition, you may want to make an offer for above or below the asking price. This is another area where an experienced agent can provide invaluable guidance. By crafting the right offer, you greatly enhance your chances of securing the home — especially in hot markets where homes often receive multiple offers. And keep in mind: You may make multiple offers before one is accepted. Remain patient, trust the process, and you will eventually secure the perfect home for you.

Let Us Help You Find a New Home in York

As you navigate the home purchase process, CENTURY 21 Core Partners can be your trusted advisor. Our team of experienced, knowledgeable agents can help you buy or sell your home in York County. We have skills, resources and a track record of success — and we’d love to walk with you through the process of buying your next home.

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