Buying a home will probably rank as one of the biggest personal investments one can make. Being organized and in control will contribute significantly to getting the best home deal possible with the least amount of stress. It’s important to anticipate the steps required to successfully achieve your housing goal and to build a plan of action that gets you there.
Before you can build a plan of action, take the time to lay the groundwork for your decision-making process.
First, ask yourself how much you can afford to pay for a home. If you’re not sure on the price range, find a lender and get pre-approved. Pre-approval will let you know how much you can afford, allowing you to look for homes in your price range. Getting pre-approved also helps you to alleviate some of the anxieties that come with home buying. You know exactly what you qualify for and at what rate, you know how large your monthly mortgage payments will be, and you know how much you will have for a down payment. Once you are pre-approved, you avoid the frustration of finding homes that you think are perfect, but are not in your price range.
Second, ask yourself where you want to live and what the best location for you and/or your family is. Things to consider:
convenience for all family members
proximity to work, school
crime rate of neighborhood
types of homes in neighborhood, for example condos, town homes, co-ops, newly constructed homes etc.
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"Michelle Cowles was far and above the best Realtor I have ever dealt with. She went to great lengths to help me with the sale of my home. She should be highly commended for her extreme effort and I would highly recommend her to everyone I know."Jill A.
After interviewing several Realtors, I chose Michelle and it was the best decision I could have made. The sale of my mother’s home turned out to be unexpectedly complicated and it was her attention to detail that helped us to discover and rectify an issue with the trust which we had no idea existed until Michelle started her thorough pre-sale paperwork. She guided my brother and I through every step of the process and worked closely with us, going above and beyond expectations, from start to finish. I would, without hesitation, highly recommend Michelle and think you should look no further if you are seeking the best realtor for the job. Thank you Michelle!
Thank you so much for everything you've done for us! Your attention to detail, knowledge, customer service and willingness to go beyond the expected and into the realm of "superb all-around agent" has made our new retirement residence possible. We hope we can continue to be personal friends now that our business is complete.Doug and Joan
Michelle Cowles is the best realtor we have ever worked with...friendly, efficient, thorough and detailed (almost to a fault!) and, most importantly, hangs in there with you until all matters are resolved and completed. Gerry & Marianne
You are amazing, Michelle. Thank you for your support through this whole transaction.Elaine