Finding your New Home
You've decided that it is time for you to purchase a home in the Denver metro area. You've spoken with a lender, and you have a pre-approval letter burning a hole in your pocket. It is time to start looking at homes... now what?
Make a list of your Needs and Wants
It is time to decide what is really important in your new home. Your first step is to make a list of everything you NEED to have in your home. Then a list of things that would be nice to have, but maybe not required. You may even have a third list of things you definitely want to avoid. Remember that your lists may beed to be flexible based on your budget, the local housing market, etc. If you are buying a home with someone else (spouse, partner, friend), make sure that everyone involved gets a chance to contribute to the lists (including kids).
This is a great time to search for homes in the area(s) you like and see what your options are. If you're looking for a large ranch-style home, on a couple of acres of land, you probably won't find it in the middle of the city!
Realistically, unless you recently won the lottery you may need to compromise on some of the items on your list - but simply having a list will help keep you on track during your search.
Talk to your REALTOR
By now we will assume that you understand the value of using a REALTOR to assist in your home search - and we're going to hope that you are working with US! Contact the KearnsTeam so that we can help you search for a home that meets your needs and wants. We can help you set up web searches or we can find homes and email them to you. When we've found some homes to look at we will schedule showings and take you to see the homes on your list.
Be prepared for your home tour
When you go out to look at homes, bring along a notebook and a digital camera. Make notes about what you do and don't like about the homes you see. Take photos to help you remember. Wear comfortable shoes that you can slip off when you enter the homes on your tour. Provide feedback to us so that we can continue to refine your search and help you find the perfect home!
Buy vs Build
In Stapleton, and in some other neighborhoods, you may be able to decide between building a new home versus buying a resale home. We can help you understand your options and the pros and cons of building vs buying. If you are thinking about building, make sure that you talk to us first so that you can have Buyer's Agency representation at no cost to you!
Short Sales and Foreclosures
In today's real estate market, a lot of people think that they can get a great deal on a short sale or foreclosure home. This may be the case, but there are also some drawbacks to these homes (such as longer time to close, necessary repairs, etc.). We can talk to you about the short sale and foreclosure processes in Denver to help you decide what will best meet your needs.