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Target Your Search


Millions of homes are sold each year. There's no shortage of housing options,
but with so many choices the challenge becomes finding the property which best
meets your needs.


The housing market is complicated because the stock of homes for sale is
always in flux. Even if you could have a complete list of every home for sale at
a given moment in a given community, such a list would become quickly obsolete
as new homes become available and listed properties are sold.


In effect, buyers are looking at a dynamic market. So it is important to know
as much as possible about the choices in preferred markets, and the way to do
that is by working closely with a local REALTOR® who is familiar with
local markets and current real estate trends. Also, REALTORS® have
access to all homes on the market, including those that have not yet been
advertised.


Determine What You Want in a Home


A home is more than just a collection of bedrooms and bathrooms. Several
properties - each with four bedrooms, three baths, and the same price - may well
have radically different designs, commuting distances, lot sizes, tax costs,
interior dimensions, exterior finishes, neighborhoods, etc.


First, list the features and benefits you want in a home.
Consider such things as pricing, location, size, amenities (extras such as a
pool or extra-large kitchen) and design (one floor or two, colonial or modern,
etc.).


Next, determine your priorities. If you
can't get a home at your price with all the features you want, then what
features are most important? For instance, would you trade fewer bedrooms for a
larger kitchen? A longer commute for a bigger lot and lower cost?


Last, consider your future needs. If you'll need a larger
home later on, maybe now is the time to buy a bigger house rather than moving or
expanding in the future.


Target Your Search


Know what your want and target your search in preparation
for working with a REALTOR®. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
REALTORS® (NAR) statistics show that a high percentage of buyers now
research their options online and elsewhere for about six months on average
before consulting a REALTOR®.


Basic targeting measures, such as general location and affordability, can
help you refine your search and focus on homes that offer the most desirable
features.


Target your desired neighborhood. All neighborhoods and
communities have a unique character and value. One community may be well known
for historic homes while another offers both suburban living with easy access to
downtown office areas. Determine which neighborhood(s) will work for you so you
do not waste time looking where you would not want to live.


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Your REALTOR® will find you home listings based on your criteria. Look at as many homes as possible both locally and online so you can make a
sound decision when you choose a home. You may want to keep a file with
information on each of the homes you like. Your REALTOR® can help you
determine the pros and cons of the properties you are interested in.


Choose a Home


A house is shelter. But a home is far more: it's where you live, relax, entertain friends, raise families, and work. A home is where you spend much of your life, so take your time to choose a house you can become your home.