Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Things To Consider in Buying a Home

Buying a home is a long-term investment. You'll probably live in a home for some time so you have to make sure that you really want the home you will purchase. It is best to be clear about what you want in a home before you start your search. While most Minnesota real estate agents can guide you in your search, the decision to purchase a home, and its implications, wholly rest unto you.

The home buying process can be confusing to first time homebuyers simply because of the number of decisions a buyer has to make. A buyer first has to decide about the location of a home. The buyer is then confronted with other choices such as what type of home to buy, the condition of the home and the home's amenities. It would be better to create a criteria of a perfect home to judge all homes you encounter on your search easily. Create your criteria with these questions and considerations in mind:

1. What amenities do you want your home to have? Do you want to have a swimming pool, a garden, or a fireplace? Be clear with what you want so you can skip houses that don't meet your criteria.

2. Specify where you want to be located. The home's location is one of the most significant factors when considering different homes, according to author Ilyce Glink of '100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask'. Your location will determine how far you'll live in relation to family and friends, your kid's school, your work, and shopping areas. Location also determines the time you'll spend traveling each day. Ask yourself if your home and location justify your travel time each day.

3. The size of your home. Specify how much space your family needs and if you are expecting any additions to your family in the near future. Your needs will determine the size of the home that you will purchase. If your family is growing, you might want to purchase a bigger home to accommodate your family three to five years in the future.

4. Do you want to buy a home that needs renovation? Are you willing to put in the time, effort and finances to renovate a home? How much are you willing to invest on repairs and modifications? Create a standard concerning renovations so you can remove certain homes from your search.

5. Do you value safety and security? This is an important issue for families with small children and individuals living alone. What are the things you will need in order to feel secure in a home and neighborhood? Eliminate homes that do not pass your safety and security guidelines.

Being specific about your home buying criteria will help you save time in searching for your home. It will also make your stay in your new home more enjoyable because your new home would match your needs and wants.