Sunday, June 22, 2008

First-Time Homebuyer - Part Three

Once you've selected an agent who you're comfortable with and talked to a loan officer to determine what you can afford it's time to sit down and get together a list of what you want in a first home.

What Are Your Basic Needs?

1. How many bedrooms are essential?
2. One, One and a half, or two bathrooms?
3. Living room, family room, or both?
4. Eat in kitchen or separate dining room?
5. Office space?
6. Storage space?
7. Garage - attached or detached? Size one, two, or more cars?
8. School district?
9. Close to town or outside and how far?

What Additional Items Would You Like?

1. Laundry room?
2. Built on a slab, crawl space, or basement?
3. Outside entertainment area? Deck, patio, backyard?
4. Type of heating?
5. Overall condition of the house - appliances, roof, mechanicals, foundation,
6. Attached master bathroom?
7. First floor master bedroom?

Add others to match your desires.

Make sure your basic needs list are met first for each place before going on to the additional items. By answering these basic questions and any others you choose to add you will be able to start assembling a list that will greatly aid your agent in finding homes for you on the MLS (multiple listing service) and then setting up showings.

Any questions or comments? I'd love to hear them.