section explores the basics of actually finding your dream home. It looks at everything
that goes into finding the right house and neighborhood for you. This is the fun
section. You will learn about the various types of houses and learn how to evaluate
neighborhoods. There is a lot more that goes into buying the right house than
finding one with the right number of rooms. This is going to be your home. You
want to make the best decision you can. The Step #3: Selection section enables
you to have a basic knowledge of house hunting.
Here's an outline of what's in store for you in this section:
How do You Spell Relief? Weigh Your Options . . .
Taxes and Fees
Term to Know
Identify What YOU Want 'Home' to Be
Think & Do Reminders
Choosing a Home that's Right for You
Endless Potential. Assess It!
Checking Out the Homes
Home Comparison Chart
So. You're ready to buy a home. You've learned
how much you can afford and have gone through the pre-approval and loan process.
Now you want to start the fun stuff. You want to see some houses, right? This
is where the quest really begins. You'll be taking the cook's tour of houses and
neighborhoods and begin talking to real estate professionals. Naturally, it's
a given that everyone's searching for their "perfect" home. That's the
fun part of a house hunt. En route, however, you'll need to match your "dream
home" with what's actually available within your budget
One of the most important, yet often overlooked, factors in
choosing a house is choosing the right neighborhood. Finding and falling in love
with a house is easy. Finding the right home, in the right neighborhood, at the
right price is NOT so easy.
Before you buy any house, you need to consider who your new neighbors
are all valid questions when searching for a home. Before you can look at specific
houses, you need to refine, define and limit your search to specific neighborhoods.
Location is everything. Wherever you buy a home, your neighborhood is going
to greatly affect your daily life, which in turn affects your property
value and happiness. It is easy to let a great home color your perceptions of
the neighborhood. But a beautiful home could turn out to be a bad investment if
it's located in a neighborhood with poorly performing schools, far removed from
grocery stores, gas stations and other services.
it comes to choosing the right house, make sure the neighborhood really fits before
you sign on the dotted line. Your quality of life and your home's property value depend on it. How do you really know the neighborhood is a good place to live with strong property values? What separates the good, the bad, and the ugly?
Let's get down to the nitty gritty and study the factors that distinguish a good
neighborhood from a less desirable one.
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