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5 Tips for Finding Your Perfect Home in 2017

With 2017 now in full swing, many buyers are looking to relocate and are hard at work searching for the perfect Santa Clarita home to plant their roots in the New Year. Like any other shopping expedition, finding a home that is right for you will require a bit of research and preparation ahead of time. The following tips can help guide you in the right direction towards a smooth home buying process.

  1. Know yourself: Take a moment to identify the types of characteristics and personality you want your new home to reflect. Do you want a new home or an existing one? Do you want a fixer-upper that you can restore yourself, or will you have to hire contractors to do the necessary renovations?
  2. Research the area: Check out a few neighborhoods in the area you are looking to move to and determine which features are necessities and which are extras. Be sure to consider qualities such as commute time, recreation, local crime reports, and price when evaluating each prospective home and use these priorities to eliminate any properties which do not meet your critical desires.
  3. Set a budget: The last thing you want to happen during your search is to fall in love with a home that is outside your price range. Find out how much you are willing to pay for your new home and only look at listings which fall within your budget. Gathering your financial information and meeting with a lender before you begin your search can help you get an idea of how much you are qualified to borrow and how much you can afford.
  4. Establish a timeline: Figure out how much time you will need to purchase your new home. If you are already a homeowner, has your current home sold? If not, how long will it take to sell? If you are a renter, is your lease up? Be sure to consider all of these factors to get a realistic timeframe for your move.
  5. Consider your long term goals: When buying a house, be sure to think about your future plans and whether or not the home you want will fulfill these goals. Do you want a starter home and plan to upgrade within a few years, or do you plan on being in your home for the next 5 to 10 years? Adjust your expectations accordingly and make sure your home will meet your needs for the foreseeable future.

By far the most important tip is to work with an experienced real estate broker from Dippy Real Estate. Having been helping buyers find the homes of their dreams for years, Santa Clarita Realtor Dippy Chhina can guide you step by step through the home buying process. Call (661) 441-3304 or contact her office online today to get started!