Finding the right home with the Dream Home Finder
Before you begin looking for your new home, talk with your real estate agent about what you want in a home, why you want to buy a home and where you'd like to live. Also, consider sharing information about your lifestyle to help them help you.
Ask yourself: Do you need to be near public transportation? Do you want a yard? Do you need to be within a certain distance from your job? What do you want from your community? The answers to your questions will guide you home.
Where do you want to live?
You’ve probably heard the first rule of real estate — location, location, location. It's a key factor in determining how much you can afford, how long your commute will be and your designated school district. When determining where you want to live, ask yourself:
Proximity to your job
Today's average commute is longer than ever before. Are you willing to make an hour-long drive to work, or do you want a short commute? Consider your current job and future opportunities.
Access to public transportation
Access to public transportation: Do you need access to public transportation to get to and from work, school or your primary health care provider?
What type of house is best for you?
If you're in the market to buy, you need to decide what type of home you want. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages and the right one for you will depend on your finances, lifestyle, and stage of life.
Today's new generation of high-quality factory-built homes are comparable to single-family homes and offer features such as garages, permanent foundations, and built-in porches. More affordable than site-built homes, they offer a good option for first-time homebuyers.
Condominiums can provide you with a maintenance-free lifestyle and are typically located in urban settings. They may provide access to amenities like pools and fitness facilities and are usually within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and public transportation. Note that the amenities and maintenance come with a monthly fee that you’ll need to factor in when determining what you can afford.
The Dream Home Finder
Once you decide what type of home you want, you should determine your "must-haves" and your deal-breakers. Think about your household now and how your needs may change in the future. It is easy to get overwhelmed with so many possibilities so consider using our Dream Home Finder to narrow down your search.
The Dream Home Finder is like matchmaking for real estate. No more wasted time viewing homes you will never consider. We will show you the RIGHT homes till we find your DREAM HOME.
Both your finances and lifestyle will play a big role in determining the type of home that's right for you. Stick with the “must-haves” that are most important to you and work with your lender to stay within budget.