Prepare for a House Search

by Julie McGee 01/19/2020

Before you launch a home search, it helps to prepare for the property buying journey as much as possible. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to get ready to find your dream house.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prep for a home search.

1. Establish Homebuying Criteria

If you know you want to buy a home, it generally is a good idea to define your ideal residence as well. That way, you can streamline your house search.

Consider where you want to reside. For example, if you work in the city, you may want to focus on houses in or near the city itself. On the other hand, if you plan to return to school, you may want to search for a home near top colleges and universities.

Think about what features you want in your ideal home, too. If you have always wanted to own a home that boasts a luxurious outdoor swimming pool, for instance, you can map out your home search accordingly. Or, if you want to purchase a residence that features a state-of-the-art kitchen, you can search for a home that offers this amenity.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

A mortgage typically is a must-have, regardless of where and when you search for a home. And if you enter the housing market with a mortgage at your disposal, you will know precisely how much you can spend on a residence.

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage can be simple. If you meet with banks and credit unions in your area, you can review your options and select a mortgage that complements your finances.

If you have concerns about home financing, don't hesitate to ask questions. Banks and credit unions employ courteous, diligent mortgage specialists who can respond to your home financing queries. As such, you can work with these specialists to gain the home financing insights you need to make the best-possible mortgage decision.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

As you get set to conduct a home search, there is no need to work alone. If you hire a real estate agent, you can collaborate with a homebuying expert who can take the guesswork out of finding and purchasing a house.

A real estate agent is happy to provide guidance throughout the homebuying journey. He or she can offer tips and recommendations to ensure you can find a terrific home at a price that matches your budget. Plus, a real estate agent will simplify the process of setting up home showings. Perhaps best of all, if you are uncertain about whether to submit an offer to purchase a home, a real estate agent is ready to provide insights to help you analyze all of your options.

Dedicate time and resources to prepare for the homebuying journey. By doing so, you can enter the housing market with the insights you need to succeed.

About the Author
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Julie McGee

My Client-First Philosophy

There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional - integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills and a high-quality professional network, all of which are hallmarks of how I work.

These skills take years to develop and require continual experience and education. I've been practicing real estate FULL TIME in the Tampa Bay area since 1996 and have established myself as one of the areas top 10%. Time in the business, full time experience working both sides of the Bay and dedication to continued education set me apart from other realtors. My customers receive the highest level of expertise and service with complete confidence that they have chosen the right person for the job!      

As a Tampa real estate professional, I've also found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to your needs. After 15 years in the business I left corporate first real estate to start my company, Tampa Home Sales, Inc. As a corporate company agent I struggled time and again with their changing policies and added customer fees that were mandated in the interest of the "company" that imposed unnessary financial burden on my customers and inhibited my ability to work with customers in a manner that meets their individual needs. Every buyer and seller has a different set of circumstances and deserves the attention and services that are as individual as they are.         

This "client first" philosophy has always been my approach and it requires me to continually improve my skills and ways of doing business. In addition, I've found that the latest nonproprietary technologies are enabling me to do everything I've always done, only much more quickly and efficiently. They've also helped me to extend the range of services I provide to my clients.

So when you decide that you'd like to buy or sell a home ANYWHERE in the Tampa Bay area; from South Tampa, Hyde Park, Palma Ceia, Harbour Island, Davis Islands, Channel Side, Beach Park, So Ho, Bayshore, Bayshore Beautiful, Golfview Estates, Parkland Estates, MacDill, Carrollwood, Westchase, Seminole Heights, New Tampa, Tampa Palms, Brandon, Valrico, Riverview, Lutz, Land O'Lakes to across the Bay cities of Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Largo and the Pinellas County Beaches, please contact me. 

I KNOW Tampa Bay!