Have any of you been looking at purchasing a house? We have recently been looking at purchasing a new house. Boy is it fun! But a lot of work!! You don't really realize all the work that goes into searching a house out, finding the right one and then going for it. Of course, real estate around here is somewhat slim pickings because of where we live but it is also a lot easier to deal with neighbors and people you know than purchasing from strangers. You kind of know what you are getting:) But if you are looking for santa monica real estate, I would urge to check out the website. I thought I would give some tips here using ideas we have found after buying a house. This might help those of you looking at purchasing a new home or maybe in the future.
1.Take Your Time.
This is the number one tip I can give. Above all, please don't do anything hasty. I have seen way too many people rush out and purchase a house and live to regret it. Whether a leak, a problem with the roof or structure, attic falling through, plumbing problems, etc. this is something you have got to think through.
2.Research Your Options.
Go to all the real estate offices in your area and check out all your options. Browse listings online and anywhere possible. Also, just drive around and look at neighborhoods. I have often found houses that were out of the way and for sale by owner that no one ever saw. Our area is small and rural so houses are spread out. Because of this people use signs by the side of the road but they aren't always listed through a realtor or online. Every once in a while you can find a gem in this manner.
Have things set down that you will not change on. Whether it is the amount of bedrooms or bathrooms, the size of the yard, or the basement and attic. Have certain things you don't mind changing on but other things just can't be compromised. Realtors will want to sell you the property even if they don't think it is the exact house you need. So make up your mind before hand about options you want.
Hopefully these will help you in your search for a house. And if you have any other tips, please leave them below. I love hearing from my readers!
This is a sponsored post for The Partners Trust, however, all the points and views are my own.