Buying a house is like finding a compatible partner. You may hire a great real estate agent, but only you know what you need in a house and it’s their job to help you find the house of your dreams. If you don’t have a specific location already in mind, you may want to check out homes for sale in Santa Maria. The team at Berkshire Hathaway will help you find the home you are looking for in the most efficient manner possible.

Here are a few things to consider when starting your home search:

  • Make up your mind:

Buying a house is a huge investment and hence needs to be thought about. You just don’t wake up one morning and decide that you want to invest in buying a house. You should be through with the idea of being a home owner. Anything and everything else is secondary. You wouldn’t want to buy a house only to regret about it.

  • Mortgage:

Get it done before hand. You don’t want to be hanging because of mortgage, do you? Get your consultation done before you start looking, so as to know your budget.

  • External help:

Realtors may add up to the expenses a little but they make the procedure easy. A realtor will help you with everything from negotiating to financing.

  • Check finances:

Even after mortgage, it is really important for you to be able to balance the monthly expenses. Make an estimated list of your expenses post house purchase like mortgage, tax, etc. and subtract the sum by your existing rent. You will get an approximate amount. Start saving up so that conditions don’t get rough after purchasing a house.

  • Insurance:

You need to do a thorough research in this department and make sure your insurance policy covers all the necessary pointers. Anybody lending you money, will surely inquire about your insurance.

  • Furnishing:

What comes after making up your mind to buy a place is to furnish it according to your likes. Furnishing can be really tricky, you need to take care of budget, and follow your heart. People with infants need baby proofing or if the children are a little grown up, you need to consider their needs and wants too.

  • Make an offer:

It’s very important to be able to negotiate. You saw a couple houses and liked one, you can also afford it but make sure you’re paying the right price. Compare the selling price of nearby properties. Do a good inspection of the house, from pest control to plumbing and electricity to water supply. You wouldn’t want to wake up the very next day in your new house without water or electric supply.

Buying a house is a very big decision and you don’t take that in a hurry. Consider every pointer mentioned before making the deal. Look for better options and don’t compromise. Realtors can sometimes be sweet talkers, avoid the charm to duck the possibility of being cheated upon. Happy house warming.