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What do I need to look for as a first time home buyer?

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January 10 2012
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I would:
1) get mortgage pre-approval letter, find out what price range you can afford.
2) BEFORE researching homes, prioritize and make a list of features you Must have, Wants, and Optional. that way, you can compare the Objective list to the reality when looking for homes.
3) Make a game plan. eg. look 10 foreclosures this weekend, 10 non-foreclosures next weekend, etc before make the first offer.
There should be more you need to do. but I think this is a good start.
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January 10 2012
Hopefully you have a Realtor who is by your side already. First thing, before you head out to look for a home, get pre approved or at least prequalified so you know whether you can purchase and how much. Then decide how much you want to spend each month. Know your finances in front of your purchase. Budget.
Your Realtor, who gets paid via the seller, will help you identify the areas you want to live in, show you homes and guide your through the process In a home, look at the major components, the roof, hvac, waterheater, etc, Take a peek under the house (be careful) Hire a home inspector and pest inspector, some of my clients also do a radon inspection.
 I encourage my buyers to get a home warranty plan too.
Decide whether you want to be in a brand new home or one in a more mature neighborhood. Drive through the neighborhood in the evening and on the weekend, do you like what you see? Is it an active community?
Talk to the neighbors about the area, get their input.
Many of us, on our personal websites have lots of suggestions for new buyers.
Find a great Realtor to work with. And a great lender!

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