Look for your happy place.
Your house will be your haven, your retreat from a lousy day at work, your ultimate happy place. Decide on your must-haves to keep you happy. One of my buyers felt she couldn't be happy in a house without trees in the yard; she said wanted to be able to curl up with a book and gaze through the windows at trees. Some people love cooking and want a great kitchen. Others need a gaming room that's far enough away from bedrooms so they can play all night without disturbing their loved ones. You want a deep soaker tub? A finished basement? A place to grow veggies? Whatever it takes to make your house a happy place, I'll help you find it.
Love at first sight?
What if you find yourself in love with the very first house you see? I sort of hate when that happens because you've got nothing to compare it to. It's like getting engaged after your first date. Am I being impulsive or decisive? But what if you don't make an offer and someone else snaps it up before you've had a chance to really think this through? (It happens.) I'll help you weigh the pros and cons to help you make the right choice.
Romance or finance?
Have you ever heard someone say that buying a house is 50% finance and 50% romance? I may be a hopeless romantic, but I'm going to help you stay focused on the numbers so you're not buying a money pit or find yourself "house poor" (that's when you spend so much money on your place you don't have anything left for Starbucks.)
Get thyself preapproved.
Sure, it's fun to go house-shopping, but life isn't an HGTV show, alas. I've never seen those happy couples actually apply for their mortgage pre-approval, a boring but necessary step before you can make an offer on a house (unless you plan to pay in cash.) I can point you to lenders I like because they're smart, responsive, and can get you approved pretty quickly (assuming you qualify) so you can make an offer on a house you love. I recommend only lenders who have a proven track record with me: they don't make you stretch beyond your budget, keep your deal moving, and get you to the closing table on time.
Fixer-Upper or Move-in Ready?
Fixers are less expensive to buy and may get you into a neighborhood you couldn't otherwise afford. Move-in ready places are just that; all you need to do is unpack. Whatever house you want, I'm going to help you find it.