4 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

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So, you’ve finally decided to buy a home in Dallas. Congratulations! Diving into homeownership is one of the biggest milestones you’ll reach during your lifetime. While this is certainly an exciting time, buying a home can also be a bit nerve-racking. After all, your new property will likely be your biggest asset, so choosing the right neighborhood and home will be critical. Aside from the actual hunt for the home of your dreams, there will be a lot of new real estate jargon and concepts to learn. With this in mind, the Dallas Pacesetters have compiled a helpful list of tips for first-time homebuyers that will get you started on the right foot.

Think long term and re-sale
When looking for a place to plant your roots, it’s important to think about how the life you’d like to have as well as the potential for re-sale. Do you plan to have kids? Even if you don’t, buying a home in a poor school district or on a busy street will eliminate families with children from your list of potential homebuyers when you eventually decide to sell.

Make a checklist of your wants and needs
Before you start looking for a home in Dallas, take five to ten minutes to make a checklist with two columns: must-haves and nice-to-haves. Take a copy of this checklist to every open house and showing so you can evaluate each home. This checklist will be a great tool for helping you keep track of houses you fell in love with versus ones you can cross off your list.

Hire a Dallas real estate agent
When you’re a first time homebuyer, navigating the Dallas real estate market can be a daunting task. That’s why we recommend hiring a Dallas real estate agent to guide you through the home buying process. He or she can help you with everything from securing a mortgage to negotiating on your behalf. Best of all, buyers agents’ services are paid for by the seller.

Read your contract before you sign
Like we said before, buying a home in Dallas is one of the biggest (and most expensive) decisions you’ll ever make. That’s why it’s so important to read your contract before you sign it. You will probably see a lot of unfamiliar words and concepts, so be sure to ask your mortgage lender and/or Dallas real estate agent to clarify any items that are unclear.

Buying a home in Dallas is a huge achievement. Though the experience will undoubtedly be thrilling, there will also be a lot of important decisions to make. That’s where the Dallas Pacesetters come in. Our team of experienced Dallas real estate agents will walk you through the home buying process from start to finish. Whether you would like someone to help you choose a neighborhood or you need assistance finding a lender, we’d be happy to stand by your side on your journey through the Dallas real estate market. Please let us know how we can help!

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