Omaha House Hunting Tips For Spring 2018
The holidays are over, you have been sold on the idea of giving up on renting and buying a home, and you started looking for the right realtor for you… What else do you need to do for house hunting for Omaha real estate in the spring?
Make A List Of What You Want.
Sure, we all want that million-dollar mansion with the in-ground pool and 7-car garage that keeps popping up on Omaha real estate listings, but realistically, what do you want that you can afford in your new home?
- The desired location and neighborhood(s)
- Your work commute
- The school districts (if you have children or are planning on children)
- Desired house size
- Desired lot size
- The number of bedrooms and bathrooms you are thinking of for your family
- The desired floor plan and overall design for your family’s needs
- How much garage space you need
- Any features or updates that are important for your family
Don’t Make It All Online!
If you start your home search online, which is what 90% of buyers on the market do, don’t just use this tool. Put in some old-fashioned work and head to open houses in your ideal neighborhoods to see what’s on the market.
Get Educated On The Current Local Market.
If you are working with a real estate agent, they should be up-to-speed on the current market trends; and, hopefully, they’ll be well-versed in the neighborhood(s) you are interested in. Have them sit with you and answer any questions you may have about trends and market values for the properties and areas you are looking at.
Line Up Those (Financial) Ducks!
Make sure your credit score is correct and in good shape. Check your credit report for any discrepancies that may make it hard to get approved for a mortgage.
Balance all of your accounts so that your savings are lined up for a good-sized down payment.
Talk to a mortgage professional and get pre-approved for a comfortable mortgage that’s right for you and your budget. This will make it easier to buy quickly, once you find that perfect property, and real estate agents will take you seriously when you make an offer.
Homes that are worth a look and don’t have major issues don’t stay on the market very long. As soon as you see one you like, set up an appointment to go tour it.
Subsequent visits are always recommended, preferably at different times of the day so you can see the neighborhood at different times, too. If it’s in a hot price range or in a neighborhood where homes sell quickly, move on it as soon as you can.
Chances are, you are going to be moving soon. Take the time while you are house-hunting to start getting packed, start purging, and get organized for the move. You’ll be glad you started early, especially if you need to shorten your closing time!
If you and your family are getting ready to start house-hunting for a new home in Omaha or are preparing to sell your home in Omaha, contact the Fairfield Team and we can help you get started or answer any questions about the process!