House hunting 101 for first-time home buyers

House hunting 101 for first-time home buyers
 OMG Ellie 2/27/2019 8:06 AM

When it comes to buying your first home, first-time home buyers need to prepare for the hidden costs of owning their first home. Having a realistic budget when it comes to your “must-haves” and “deal breakers,” is crucial for setting yourself up for success.

Once you’ve set clear parameters for your budget and other criteria, you can start looking for a realtor to help you on your house hunting adventure!  

What’s great about house hunting, both in-person and online, is that they’re both great ways to see a variety of homes in a short amount of time. At first, online house hunting may seem like the way to go because it allows you to see the homes quickly through pictures. On the other hand, seeing a house in-person gives you a better idea of what the overall home is like.

To truly understand these two types of house hunting, here is a list of the pros and cons for each option!

Online house hunting

For starters, online house hunting is a simple and quick resource to narrow down your home search to a specific area or price point. It allows you to filter your search based on keywords, such as, the amount of bedrooms, bathrooms or even square footage of the home. This can be a helpful tool for first-time home buyers to find the right fit for them without leaving the comfort of their current place.

Even though it may be easy to get sucked into the digital world of house hunting, it’s still always a good idea to leave your options open. A common problem for most first-time homebuyers is falling in love with a home that is not in their budget while online housing hunting.

Another problem is finding a home you love online, but in-person you realize the bedrooms are smaller than they looked in the pictures and the kitchen isn’t as updated as you thought. The internet can be a deceiving place for house hunting.

That’s when the panic sets in, you realize online shopping for a house may not be the only step you need to take to find the perfect home.

In-person house hunting

Although, shopping for a house online may seem more convenient; actually seeing a home in-person can make or break a sale. This type of housing hunting can be time consuming, but it’s worth it in the end.

By seeing a house in person, you’ll be able to notice the best and worst parts of each home you visit. For most people this is a great opportunity to get a feel for the house and get familiar with the area around them.  

As a first-time home buyer, it is important to see the house for what it actually looks like; not just the staged pictures that you would otherwise get from housing hunting online. This way, you can figure out if any remodels or other maintenance needs to be done and placed into  your budget at the end.

It’s not everyday you can walk into a strangers house and explore. The important thing to remember when looking at houses is to imagine yourself living there. If you can’t see yourself living in that home, it’s time to move on with the search!

Overall, you don’t have to do this all on your own, hire a Omaha real estate professional to help guide you through your house hunting excursion!


The Fairfield Team is dedicated to providing our homebuyers with the best homes that Omaha has to offer. If you are a first-time home buyer looking to buy your first home, contact the Fairfield Team and let us help you find the perfect fit for you.