Buying a Home in 2018? Here Are Some Tips

Posted by Phil Boren on Friday, January 19th, 2018 at 10:22am.

Are you planning a move in 2018? One of the things that creates a lot of stress for people is dealing with a lot of last-minute details that inevitably pile up when you're moving, so start now! Whether you're planning to move next month or later in the year, planning the move and dealing with a few issues at a time will definitely help. Here are a few tips:

Get Your Loan Approval Done Now: Work with your lender to get your loan ducks in a row, so to speak, and deal with any lingering issues now. Having the ability to provide a clean loan pre-approval with any offer you make might make the difference in getting the house you want or not. This pre-approval process will also help you identify the price range you'll be able to work with, so you won't waste time looking at homes you can't afford. If you need a local lender that can help, check out our list of preferred lenders here.

Make a List of Your Wants and Needs: Many times, home buyers focus solely on price range and fail to also identify what house-hunting success really looks like for them. Wants and needs are also two different things; if you need 3 bedrooms but want 4, that could be an important distinction that will be important to identify. We've set up a free and instant new-listing notification service for our clients that will notify you via email the instant a listing matching your search criteria hits the market, which is a great way to check it out and even schedule a showing right away. Click here to register and set up your free account, or simply contact us and we'll be happy to set it up for you. It's challenging to find a promising listing only to find out that it's been on the market for a week and they already have multiple offers, right? Use our system to let your new home Search For You ... and get there first!

If Your're Selling Your Home in 2018: Selling your home also involves some valuable preparation. You'll need to identify money-saving issues like repairs, de-cluttering and staging, as well as making sure your curb-appeal makes your home stand out. You'll be wise to work with real estate professionals (like our team), to not only identify these issues, but to help you feel comfortable that the ultimate list price is competitive and will help you achieve your goals. We will be happy to meet with you and help you get your home ready to list; in the meantime, feel free to start the process by using our free and interactive Home Valuation Tool.

These are just a few tips that will help you whether you're planning to buy a home or sell a home in 2018. For more information or an in-person interview, feel free to call/text Phil Boren at 916-960-8895. We look forward to hearing from you!


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