• jeanne Lomastro

5 simple tips on how to find your dream home:

Updated: Jul 30, 2019

1. Find your style

While you might love craftsman homes or the sleek look of a modern kitchen in a penthouse apartment, you’ll be happiest if you consider what type of home will work best for you.

2. Do your homework

You may know you want to live uptown, downtown or out in the country, but neighborhoods can vary greatly, even in the same area. To find your perfect fit, start by doing some research. Peruse online real estate listings to get an idea of the styles available in the area.

3. Know your finances

Before you start looking for homes, it helps to get pre-approved. It can be a daunting process for homebuyers, but it doesn’t have to be. Getting your finances in order first will make things go smoothly.

4. Stay on budget

Once you get pre-approved and know what you’re likely to qualify for, it can be tempting to start looking for homes at the top of your price range, but that doesn’t always make sense. Taking on a mortgage bigger than you can comfortably afford can quickly sour the feeling of true love for your new home.

5. See past the flaws

Unless you get really lucky, the homes you view probably won’t have every single thing on your wish list. In fact, the house might have a few things you don’t like. But that doesn’t mean it can’t become your perfect home.

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