How to Find the Perfect Home

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How to Find the Perfect Home. The home of your dreams may well be within your reach. Here's how to shop for a home that suits you - and your budget.

Things You'll Need

  • Maps
  • Notebooks And Pen
  • Pens
  • Online Mortgage/finance Services

Get prequalified for a home loan. There's no sense in looking at homes you can't afford. Find your price range and stay within it.

Write down the features you require in a home, such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms, garage, formal dining room, family room and living room or great room, and the size of yard. These should be the items you absolutely cannot live without.

Make a list of your preferences, such as the number of stories, the age of the home and amenities such as a pool or fireplace. These are the things that would be nice to have, but are not requirements.

Think carefully about what neighborhoods you like. It is preferable to buy a home that is in an up-and-coming or well-cared-for area. Homes in areas that are declining may lose value and never recover.

Consider the crime rate and local crime statistics. Go to the local police or sheriff's department. These offices should have a board that pinpoints crimes that have taken place in your area.

See as many different homes in your price range as you can, either on your own or with a real estate agent. With each home you see, write down as many features and important items as necessary to help you remember the home. Consider how your belongings will look in each home. Will your furniture match or blend with the style and layout of the home? Or will you have to spend money on new furniture?

Take the plunge. There's nothing as rewarding as having the perfect home.

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