Plan be­fore you start your search

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

Think­ing about buy­ing a home? Pur­chas­ing a home can be an ex­cit­ing time, but it can also be a stress­ful. Thatʼs why most con­sumers turn to a REALTOR® for help.

A REALTOR® has the train­ing and ex­per­tise to guide you through all aspects of the trans­ac­tion. They can help you find the right home for you and ne­go­ti­ate the best pur­chase price pos­si­ble. Theyʼll also take care of the small de­tails so you donʼt have to worry about them.

Be­fore sit­ting down with a REALTOR®, here are a few things to think about that can make the buy­ing process a more plea­sur­able task. What are your pri­or­i­ties? Get a good idea of what youʼre look­ing for be­fore you start you search. Where and what you buy will af­fect your life for as long as you own the house, so get­ting your pri­or­i­ties in or­der should be num­ber one on your list.

Cre­ate a list of ev­ery­thing you want and need in a home. This list of fea­tures will be a valu­able tool in as­sist­ing you and your REALTOR® in your quest for the per­fect home.

If you need four bed­rooms, put that on the list. If you want a garage or a work­shop or a pool, add that to the list too. Re­mem­ber – you can al­ways re­fine your list later on with your REALTOR®.

- Con­sider all aspects of your life when pin­point­ing the lo­ca­tion of your new home.

- Give some thought to what kind of home suits your life­style the best. Re­sale homes are more likely to have es­tab­lished lawns and gar­dens…and they will prob­a­bly have done all their shrink­ing and set­tling. But they may re­quire re­pairs and the dec­o­rat­ing may not be to your taste.

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