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Offered by: Scott & Lora Nordby – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

House hunting can feel a bit like dating. You see sparks in one, but a deal breaker looms large. Or you can see a home with a lot of potential and feel hopeful that you can make it work. Everything from crazy wallpaper that is different in every. single. room. may not seem like such a big deal until you google how “easy” it is to take off wallpaper. The rooms are small, but manageable, but then there’s the master bathroom. Who thought that tile was a good idea? Lot size, carpet, kitchen, garage… everything plays a role.

But it’s a seller’s market and you have to move fast. The house you’re looking at today could be under contract tomorrow. So how do you know when the house you like is THE ONE? These 5 points will get you thinking about what’s right for you.

Location, Location, Location
The commute alone can kill your new house buzz. Consider a neighborhood you want to put down roots in, but also affords you the commute time you enjoy and opportunities if you decide to change jobs.

This cannot be stressed enough: buy the house you can afford, even if you get approved for more house. Economies ebb and flow, and even government jobs can be subject to fluctuations. Having a mortgage you can carry, if things get tight, is paramount to your long term love affair in your new home.

Get You Someone You Can Trust
It goes without saying that having a REALTOR® you can trust makes all the difference. Aside from in-depth knowledge of the market, insider info about neighborhoods, and networking opportunities to find houses before they’re even on the market, having a real estate professional in your corner means having someone you can trust to help steer you toward your best interests. And steer you away from that house that needs a lot of fixer uppers, even though the kitchen is “just perfect”.

Deal Breakers
We all have them. Make a list of your must-haves, nice-to-haves and absolutely-nots before you start house hunting. This will make it easier to walk away or to weigh the pros and cons when you make your decisions.

TLC or Move-In-Ready
Depending on the housing situation you’re leaving, you may not have a lot of buffer built in before you move into your new home. Consider that when making your purchase. It’s a lot easier to renovate or paint before you move your furniture in, but if you can deal with the army green wall (for now!) it’s worth making an offer.

As with dating, it’s important to have standards but be willing to look at your options from all angles. You may find yourself drawn to a house that wouldn’t normally catch your eye, but it feels right. If you have questions about buying a home, it’s important to have a resource you can trust. Call me at 720-422-9320, and I’d be happy to help you find a home to fall in love with!

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