November 29th, 2012 categories: Buyers
Searching for your first West Knoxville or Farragut home can be fun, exciting, and kind of overwhelming. As a first time buyer, the process can be slightly overwhelming. After looking at countless houses, they can begin to run together and it can be easy to get caught up in all the confusion. In Part III of this series, we look at a few tips to make the actual home search easier.
Take notes. After seeing a handful of houses, they can all begin to run together. Take notes on each house you see or snap pictures with your smart phone. Evernote is a great app [its free!] to help keep them all straight. You can take pictures of what you like and take notes on what you do and don’t like. Having a clear picture of what houses you do and don’t like after the fact can save you a great deal of time in your house search. That way, you’re not going back for multiple second looks.
Be realistic. Remember that list of housing wants and needs? Keep it in mind. Stick to looking at homes in your price range, that way you don’t have unrealistic expectations. While there are a great many real estate deals on the West Knoxville and Farragut, there is a certain level to how far the discounts go. Don’t expect to right a ridiculously low offer and expect to get it accepted.
Communicate with your REALTOR®. The only way they can assist you fully is if you are fully honest with the. Love something about the houses your were shown? Let me know. Hate something about the houses you were shown? Let them know. They can only help you if you give them an idea of what you are thinking. REALTORS® are in the business of helping you find the perfect home, but they’re not mind readers.
See the potential. One very common mistake home buyers can run into is not seeing the true potential in a home. Look beyond the paint colors and the old carpet, these are things that can easily be fixed. If the home has other things you love about it, little things like that can be easily fixed.
Look closely. Another area problem buyers can have when looking for homes is falling in love with the home to quickly and being blind to any potential problems. Look beyond the big picture to identify any potential problems. And most importantly, get a home inspection, an inspector can help bring to light any potential problems.
Think long term. Buying a home is a big investment. You’ll want to make sure you choose something that will meet you needs in the coming years. Generally, it takes about 3 years to break even on buying a home. So, you’ll at least want to plan spending that amount of time frame in the home.
Ask advice. Your REALTOR® is in the business of helping people find homes. They know what prices are realistic, what to watch out for, and know how to assist you in writing a good contract. While they are just their to assist you and everything is ultimately your choice, utilize their knowledge. It’s their business to know this information…so use it to your benefit!
In Part IV of this series, we will look at what how to write a good offer when buying a West Knoxville or Farragut home.
Are you thinking about buying your first West Knoxville or Farragut home? Please let us know if there is anyway that Knoxville Home Team can assist you in your home search. You can contact Rick at 865-696-9002 or via email at [email protected]. Or, you can contact Kati at 865-392-5880 or via email at [email protected]. Also, be sure to check out our West Knoxville Home Search Page to see what homes are for sale in the area.