5 Tips For Making Your Home-Buying Process Easier

Buying a home is a big step for most people, which is completely understandable. It will likely be the largest purchase you ever make. Because there is so much that goes into purchasing a home, it makes sense to try and prepare yourself as best as you can for the experience. The better prepared you are, the smoother the process will be and the better you will be able to weather any unexpected things that come your way. Here are a few of our keys points to keep in mind when you are purchasing a new home.

1.Get your finances in order

The one is kind of a given, making sure your finances are in order before making a large purchase is something everyone should probably know to do. If you are like most buyers, you will be approaching lenders and you can expect those lenders to want to know pretty much everything about you – proof that lending to you is going to be a smart business decision.

Your mortgage, and how much your pay in interest, will hinge on your credit score. It is extremely important to boost your score as much as you possibly can if you want to save thousands, possibly tens of thousands, of dollars on your mortgage.

2. Find the perfect real estate agent

There is definitely no law that requires you to get a real estate agent, but if you want to get the best possible deal for your home, and find a home that really works a realtor may be very helpful. Getting a realtor may cause a little work on your end but it’s worth it. Make sure to interview at least 3 or 4 real estate agents to find who you feel most comfortable with and trust. Some smart questions to ask a potential real estate agent might be:

  • How many homes have you sold within the past few years?
  • Do you have any recent references – clients I could possibly speak with?
  • How close was the negotiated sale price compared to the seller’s asking price for the last home you sold?

These questions will hopefully help you decide who you want to work with and why.

3. Decide what you MUST have in your new home (i.e. bedrooms, big backyard, pool, etc.)

Can you wait on what you want? Determining whether you want a fixer-upper or a new home is a very important part of the experience. Are you willing to change paint or carpet on your time schedule and your own expense? This could change a lot of things. Some people are looking for a home that is picture perfect and others want a fixer-upper to make their own. Neither one is right or wrong, it just depends on preference.

4. Respond Quickly

Fast communication is important during the home buying process. You’ll need to be in constant communication with your real estate agent and you lender if you want to keep things moving. For one, your real estate agent may need to put in a bid or respond to a counter offer on the fly, or you’ll risk losing a house you really want. On the lender side, your loan officer may need additional documentation, and the longer it takes for you to respond and produce that information, the longer you’ll prolong your closing date. So during the process, keep you phone by your side and constantly check your email.

5. Have Clear Goals 

Knowing what you want before you start shopping is important if you want to save time and be satisfied with your purchase. Take some time to write down all the things you want out of a home and bring this list to your agent. This will ensure that you are getting exactly what you want. He or she can go over the list with you while keeping your budget in mind, and help you clarify what things are the most important.  Buying a home is often about making compromises. When you know what is most important, you can look for homes that have those qualities. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a home that has everything you’re looking for.

We hope these were helpful tips and that your home-buying experience will be as easy and stress-free as ever. Just remember that during the process is it important to stay on top of everything and be ready for new things coming your way.

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64 thoughts on “5 Tips For Making Your Home-Buying Process Easier

  1. Sarah Smith

    My husband and I are trying to buy a house. Thanks for the idea about finding a real estate agent to help you get the best deal on a home. Hopefully, I can find an agent that will help us find some good real estate. Thanks for the tips about buying housing.

  2. Jackie Oliver

    I’ve have a few people that me that finding the right real estate agent is one of the most important parts. However, I’m really not sure how to do that. I really like what you said about asking them how many homes they’ve sold, and if they have any references you could call. That way, you could see if you like how they work, and if you could see yourself working with them.

  3. Nash Rich

    I agree that it’s important to find a really good real estate agent for you. I like that it said that you should interview at least 3 to 4 agents, so you can find who you want. I also liked the questions this presented. You can never ask too many questions!

  4. Luke Smith

    I want to build a new home someday, so seeing these tips are really helpful. Besides getting finances under control, it is good to know what you want. I would love to tell the contractor to put an indoor pool in my new house, but I better tell them what I need first.

  5. James Bergman

    I think the hardest part about finding a house is responding quickly. Everyone has always told me that I need to take my time when finding a house, but it is hard when you are actually doing it. If you wait too long then the house you liked best may already be gone. So, how do you walk the line between taking your time and being quick with the home buying process? Having a good real estate agent helps…but there should be more I can do, right?

  6. Zequek Estrada

    I think the five tip about having clear goals is very important for buying a house. One of my leaders once said that you’re not going to get anywhere if you don’t have a vision of where you’re going. Goals help create a vision which is a good place to start.

  7. Sarah Smith

    I’m trying to buy my first home. Thanks for the advice about getting your finances in order and making sure you have a good credit score. I’ll have to make sure to start getting everything together and getting pre-approved so that I can know how much I can spend on a house.

  8. Derek Mcdoogle

    My wife and I are moving and the tips about finding the perfect real estate agent were really helpful. I didn’t realize how interviewing a couple of different agents could help us find the right home. It seems that agents have different and unique styles. I will definitely keep this in mind as we search for a home.

  9. Kyle Wyloge

    Good article. You provided some good guidelines when considering buying a home – to getting your finances in order to finding the right realtor. Checking with friends or the realtor’s web site is always beneficial. Thanks for sharing this article.

  10. emily bennette

    This is some really good information about realtors. I like what you said about how a realtor should have a recent reference for you to call. That does seem like a good thing to be aware of when you are looking for a good realtor. My sister is planning on moving soon, and I should probably let her know that is something to keep her eye out for when she is looking for a real estate agent.

  11. Drew

    Great advice for making the home buying process easier. Having the right realtor in your corner is definitely a good first start so thanks for sharing.

  12. Alise Harper

    My husband and I are looking into buying our first home. I like how you mention to decide early what the must haves for the house needs to be. I think this is important because then we can be searching for houses that are exactly what I want and not wasting time on houses that are not what I am looking for. Thanks for the information!

  13. Priya

    Thanks for the idea about finding a real estate agent to help you get the best deal on a home. Hopefully, I can find an agent that will help us find some good real estate

  14. Skylar Williams

    Something I’m not very familiar with is the local market conditions. I know that there are such as thing as buying cycles. What I mean by that is that at certain times it’s better for the buyer or seller. I’m needing to find a real estate agent so hopefully, he’ll be able to help me know the state of the market. I may have to do as you say and interview at least 4 people to find my realtor.

  15. Jeff

    Excellent advice! These are tips everyone should be aware of and follow closely. Tip number 1 is great. You can consider going forward without it in place.

  16. Olivia Nelson

    I liked your tip on interviewing three or four real estate agents before choosing one. I would imagine that interviewing multiple people would be helpful in finding the right one for your home buying process. I’m renting a home and looking to buy one so I’ll have to remember to interview multiple realtors before I pick one.

  17. Simon Brooks

    A set of clearly defined goals is an absolute must have when you begin searching for a home and it’s great that the article elaborates on that so thoroughly. The article gives some great advice about making a list of what you have to have in a new home and your budget before giving it to your real estate agent. It doesn’t hurt to put down some of the things you’d like to have out of a home as well, but you need to be clear about what you need so that your real estate agent knows where to start looking.

  18. Ridley Fitzgerald

    I love the tips you have for home buying. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to find the perfect real estate agent to help me, but that can be hard. Thanks for the sample questions to ask a real estate agent though. Talking to their recent clients would be helpful.

  19. Baxter Abel

    I appreciate your tip to decide what you must have in a new home when you are looking to buy a one. I’ve heard that the more “must haves” you require when looking through homes for sale the more money you’ll have to pay for the house, is that true? I’ll be referring to your article the next time I’m looking for homes for sale!

  20. john Mahoney

    I agree that asking a real estate agent about his productivity and sells the previous year can help you chose a good agent. I will keep this in mind as I keep searching for someone to help me sell my house. Thank you for the tips, I find them very useful.

  21. Danni Black

    I really like your tip about deciding what you must have in your new home. My husband and I are going to start looking for homes in the next few months so we will have to keep these tips in mind. I think that they will really help us with the whole process, thank you for sharing!

  22. john Mahoney

    I agree that being able to respond quickly to offers can facilitate finding a house. I can see that paying attention to this can help you find a house that is a good match for you, people are always looking for houses and it looks like the faster you can talk to you seller the better your odds are. I will make sure to do this as I get ready to buy a house. thank you for the tips.

  23. Luke Smith

    I loved what you said about how helpful a realtor would be in your search for the best possible deal for your home. I would imagine that in addition to having contacts to let you look at many options, a good realtor would b e able to advise you well on whether or not the price that they were asking for was realistic or appropriate. It would make sense to me to work with an agent any time you plan on buying real estate.

  24. Shad Morris

    A friend of mine was telling me that he might start the home buying process, but didn’t really know what to do before then. It’s interesting that you say to make a list of things that you want in the house, and see if you can wait on what you want. It would be nice to have everything that is necessary in the house that you are looking at.

  25. Xavier Salas

    I like your advice on making sure you cover the necessities first. At the end of the day, the necessities are what matters most. I was unaware that fast communication was so important in the home buying process. It would only make sense that in a market that is changing so quickly you would need to keep up in communication. Thanks for all the advice!

  26. Ally Day

    Great article. I really appreciate the insight here in this post and confident it’s going to be helpful to me and many others. Thanks for sharing all the information and useful tips.

  27. Troy Blackburn

    That’s a great point you make about how fast communication during the home buying process is important. I’ve heard that the best realtors will reach out to each of their clients each day to keep them informed about properties and any developments. I’ll have to keep this great information in mind so that my wife and I can have a successful home-buying process.

  28. Frank Delaware

    A friend of mine has started to look at different houses in the area, and he was curious about how the buying process looks. I really like that you say to find a real estate agent to help you out. Since he has never done this before, it would be nice to know that you will have a bit of extra help from a professional.

  29. John

    I really like the tip at the end of the article to have clear goals in order to make the home buying process easier. My wife and I have been looking at some new homes for sale, but we haven’t really been serious about it yet and I think it’s because we haven’t set clear goals. Like the article says, when you know what is most important, you can look for homes that have those qualities. I’d imagine if we laid our our goals, we’d be more able to identify a new home that is right for us.

  30. Burt Silver

    Thanks for the information on buying a home. My wife and I really want to buy our first home this year so we can move our family out of our small apartment. I like that you mentioned to make a list of the things that you can’t live without in a new home. That way, you can immediately know what houses to eliminate. We will definitely do this.

  31. Scott

    I like that you recommend to decide what you must have in your house. I can see why this would help ensure that you don’t overspend. You could even make a list of all the things you would like to have, but not necessarily need to have. I am wanting to buy my first house in the next year or so. I’ll have to be sure to remember this when I start shopping around.

  32. Annika Larson

    My husband and I are looking at buying a home, and we want to make sure this is a good experience. As you mentioned, it is definitely helpful to find the right real estate agent to help with the process. I hadn’t thought of asking about the comparison of the sale price and asking price, but this could be a great indicator of their experience. Thanks for sharing!

  33. John Mahoney

    I liked when you talked about making sure you find the best real estate agent to help you when buying a house. It makes sense that taking your time to shop around and consult with the BBB can help you find someone you can trust. Do you know how long it takes for a process like this to be over? I want to make sure I plan accordingly.

  34. Tyler Meredith

    I like the recommendation to respond quickly to communication. It makes sense that this could be helpful because it would show sellers that you’re serious about buying the home and that you don’t want to waste any time. I’ll have to keep this in mind just to ensure that when it’s time for me to buy a home, the process moves quickly and flawlessly.

  35. Ernest London

    I like that you talked about making a list of things you absolutely can’t live without in your new home. That way, you can easily eliminate homes that don’t meet your needs. My wife and I want to buy our first home this year, but we haven’t known everything we need to do. That seems like a good place to start, so we will give it a try.

  36. Bernard Clyde

    I like your first tip to make sure your finances are in order before a big investment like buying a home. Not only will doing this help you stay within a good budget, but it will also help you narrow down your home options to more practical choices. Since there are so many different home choices out there today, I think it helps to have your budget help you look within a more limited price range so that you can settle on a valuable home for your situation.

  37. Kyle Winters

    I agree, one of the first things you should figure out is whether you want a fixer-upper or a brand new home. After all, this can have a major impact on the price of the house that you buy. A fixer-upper won’t be worth much when you first buy it, but as you fix it up over time the resell value will definitely start to rise.

  38. Danni Black

    I really like your third tip about making sure that you decide what you must have in your new home and know if you are willing to make changes to it in the future. I know that some people really like fixer-uppers and I wonder if that would be a good fit for me and my husband. We would love to buy a home with as many of the things that we want as possible but changing some things would also make the home even better. We will be sure to keep these tips in mind while we are shopping around. Thanks!

  39. Jade Brunet

    My brother is happy to be graduated from college and is now looking to buy his first house. It is good to know that finding the perfect real estate agent can make this process a lot easier. I like what was mentioned about asking the realtor how many homes they have sold within the last few years. I will be sure to share this information with my brother.

  40. Afton Jackson

    I never knew how important it is to determine what yo want in your home before looking to ensure you get exactly what you want, like a single family home. My sister will be in the market for a new home soon. Hopefully, she can use these tips to get into the home of her dreams.

  41. Finley Moreira

    I liked your perspective of knowing what you want before you start shopping. You state that this is important in ensuring you get the home that is exactly what you want. I’ll be sure to make a list of features I really want in a home so I can better keep track of which homes fit that criteria.

  42. Kairi Gainsborough

    My husband and I are ready to start looking at houses, so it is time for us to find a real estate agent who knows where to find the best places to live. I like the idea of researching the agent’s background before you hire them. Asking how many houses they have sold in the past few years is a smart idea. That way, I know that they will have all the connections they need to find the exact home I’m looking for.

  43. Kenneth Gladman

    I like that you mentioned getting a couple references to past clients from agents. This way you can quickly get an idea of the kind of service to expect. From then on out see if you are compatible personality-wise.

  44. Jake P.

    Yes, buying a home is a big and most important purchase of our life. So it’s important for the home buyer to know the process to prevent headaches and also save some money. And your article explains perfectly the every aspect of the home buying process and best for new home buyers. Thanks

  45. Harper Campbell

    It’s good to know that when it comes to buying a house, one of the first things we need to do is find the perfect real estate agent to help make the process go smoother. I like how you pointed out that we want to find someone that has had success in selling house within the past few years so that we can know if they are for us. My husband and I are wanting to move into our first house, and this will really help with getting there.

  46. Kenneth Gladman

    There is a big difference between needs and wants. Sometimes I don’t think my wife understands the difference. One thing that we need is a quality location and everything else I feel can be modified.

  47. Tiffany Locke

    Thanks for the advice to interview multiple real estate agents so you can find one that is trustworthy and makes you feel comfortable. If you’re comfortable with them, it could help you be willing to talk about what you’re looking for in a property so that they can find you a home that you want to buy. In order to figure out which ones to interview, you’d probably want to get recommendations from friends and family as well as check out the agent’s official website to see what they have to offer and make sure they’ll be able to provide you with the assistance you need.

  48. Ernest London

    I like that you mentioned to be willing to bid as soon as possible and communicate very quickly. That way, the seller will know you are serious, and you can be the first he hears from. My wife and I are trying to buy a house, and we want to get all the information we can so it is easy. I will be sure to keep these tips in mind as we are house hunting, thanks for sharing!

  49. Ashley Turns

    My husband and I are looking for some great real estate for sale so that we can turn it into a rental property. So thank you for the recommendation that we make sure we keep up with any communication we have with sellers quickly. Once we find some great real estate for sale, we’ll be sure to keep in contact with both our lender and real estate agent often so we don’t lose out on a great property.

  50. Ashley Maxwell

    Thanks for your comment about how you should decide what amenities are necessities for you and your future house before you begin searching real estate. I like how you said that you should make sure to always be talking with your real estate agent and lender to make sure that you are finding the best prices and getting great offers. My sister and her husband are looking into homes for sale near them that have a big backyard and some other fun amenities for their kids.

  51. Ridley Fitzgerald

    These are really helpful tips for home buying. I like how you said to find a real estate agent who will really help us. My wife and I don’t know the first thing about buying a home, so having a pro is a must!

  52. Steele Honda

    I totally agree that fast communication is crucial in the home buying process as sometimes you are getting a nice option, but only for half a day. My husband and I just got married, and we are looking for our first home. I will make sure we stay online and available almost 24/7 not to miss our opportunity!


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