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5 Simple Steps to Start Your Real Estate Search on the Right Foot

Rhonda Duffy

Atlanta real estate search

You have finally decided to take the leap and buy the home of your dreams. When you are ready to buy a home, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Doing a little homework in advance can help you make the best decision, and these are a few factors that you need to consider when buying a home:

1. Location, Location, Location

Many people agree that location is everything! People are often motivated to move because of location: they are changing jobs, want to live closer to family, or they want to live in a specific town or city. Pick a specific geographic area that peaks your interest, and then continue researching specific details about the area. Consider geographic markers that you want to be near, such as your office or the school that your children will be attending. Make sure to choose a location that will be the best environment for yourself and your family.

2. Identify Your Price Range… and Stick to It

Your budget will have a big impact on the types of homes that are available for you to buy, which is why it is important to look at the financial details before beginning your search. It can be disappointing to find your dream home, only to discover that you can’t afford it. Sit down and do the math, talk with a professional about your personal situation, and obtain pre-approval before you start searching.

3. Visit the Property Several Times

A home might look quite different in person than it appeared in the pictures, so it is important that you see the home before making your decision. If you choose to go back for a second showing, try visiting during a different time of day to see the home in different light. Pay attention to the activities in the neighborhood, noise levels, and the lighting within the home. You might notice new things that you didn’t see before.

4. Evaluate the Space

Consider how your furniture will fit into the space that is available, and whether or not you have enough room for your family. Square footage information can be helpful, but it is more effective to look at each room in the house to identify the way your family will use the room. Some home buyers even like to bring along measurements of their furniture when they are visiting a home.

5. Talk with an Atlanta Real Estate Agent

It can be overwhelming to search for a home without the help from a professional, which is why you need to talk with a real estate agent. Their expertise and knowledge will make the process smoother and easier, helping you to find a home that is perfect for your individual needs.

Duffy Realty of Atlanta would love to help with your home search! If you are buying a home or interested in more information about Atlanta real estate, we invite you to contact us today: (678) 318-1700