Thinking about purchasing a new home for the first time?  Even better!  I enjoy working with 1st time home buyers and with my past experience as a residential appraiser, home builder, and my 36 years of experience in residential real estate, you can be confident in your home search with me.  I can walk you through a property and point out the good, the bad, and the other so you will fully know what you are buying before the purchase.  Following are some ideas for you to consider prior to starting your search:

  • Before you even begin your search, try to have a good idea of what neighborhood you might want to live in and the style of home you want.  The search will progress much quicker if you can narrow this down.
  • Remember, real estate never sleeps...meaning if you are looking for a "hot property", watch the email notifications daily...you will want to move quickly in this market or you might lose the option to purchase the property.
  • Put together a wish list.  This will also help with setting up a refined search so that we can find your "ideal" home.  However, you have to remember, no house is perfect and you may have to make concessions along the way.
  • Things are not always what they seem...this can be true of a home.  Instead of driving by and determining the outside has not been cared for, let's go inside and look around before checking a house off the list.  Oftentimes, the yard and landscape is the easiest thing to upgrade and at a reasonable cost if you are willing to do it yourself.
  • Homes that ARE well cared for WILL sell quickly! 
  • When it comes to your investment, the best place to invest is an up-and-coming area.  Try to avoid purchasing the most expensive home in the neighborhood.
  • Look past the clutter and see the potential - try to imagine the home vacant because on closing day, the previous homeowner's things will be GONE.
  • Brand new will likely be smaller than what you can purchase with the same money of a more seasoned home.
  • Maintenance fees and association dues are non-negotiable and may increase with the loss of residents.
  • Try to avoid buying a condo or townhome with a high percentage of rental units...renters typically take less care of a property than the owner does.
  • If you want to live downtown or in the heart of the City, be prepared to sacrifice space.
  • A middle townhome unit is typically less expensive than the end units.
  • Tour a property twice so that you are lead by your head and not your heart to purchase a property.
  • ALWAYS have a home inspection - this will be the best money you will spend in the process.  Home inspectors look past the visible surface to the infrastructure, plumbing and looking for faulty waste lines and fixtures. They check electrical systems to assure they aren't a safety hazard or overloaded. And, they also look at possible structural problems in the foundation, floor joists, and walls.
  • Reality will most likely trump fantasy when it comes to buying a home.  Be practical and make sure what you purchase is what you really want.