Scrolling through online listing photos, scouting for the best neighborhoods, and pondering décor in your new home is fun. But the home search itself is not the only enjoyable experience; the entire home buying process can be fun when you have access to the best tools.
Here are the top six resources you should use to make buying a home easier and enjoyable.
1. A Wants vs. Needs Checklist
First determine what price, location, size, and any special features your new home must have. Then you can hone in on your favorite properties by searching for additional features that you would prefer.
2. A Mortgage Payment Calculator
What do you want your monthly mortgage payments to be? We have an easy mortgage payment calculator you can use to find out how much you can afford for a home. This tool takes into account the length of the loan, the interest rate, and annual tax and insurance to calculate how much you will pay every month.
3. A Reliable Home Search Tool
If you are using national real estate sites to search for homes near you, keep in mind that you are not seeing all the homes that are for sale. HousingWire reported that websites such as Zillow show fewer listings than are available in many major cities, which means you could be missing out on the best home.
The best source for your home search is a real estate agent and a database of available properties called the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).
4. A Local Neighborhood Guide
Choosing the best home involves more than the property itself. It’s important to research areas and neighborhoods. Here are a few questions you may want to consider when researching communities:
- Does the community offer amenities, such as a swimming pool or fitness center?
- What are the parking options in the community?
- Where is the nearest grocery store, gas station, or shopping area?
- How is the local school district?
We have helpful information about neighborhoods and areas on our website that you can use when searching for a home.
5. A List of Recently Sold Homes
If you are thinking of buying a home in a particular community, ask us for the Neighborhood Sold Report, which can help you determine whether the home is fairly priced.
You can always ask us about the real estate conditions in this area, too.
6. A Local Real Estate Expert
But your best resource for buying a home in this area is me, your local real estate expert. I’ve been helping families throughout Central Florida find homes that they love. Please call me at 407-758-1020 or email me at Debbie@movetolakemary.com for personalized service.