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Many people say they don't really feel like an adult until they buy their first home. It is a huge step. Rather than letting a landlord make all important repairs, you take on this responsibility yourself. You also get to build equity in the home over time, which can be a rather smart investment. At the same time, buying your first home can be a little intimidating. You may have questions about applying for a mortgage, setting a budget, and shopping efficiently. We hope to answer those questions with our helpful content. Your real estate agent is a good source of information, and so is this blog.


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Tips To Help You Search For And Find The Right Home

The decision to buy a home can take you through a maze of decisions and important contracts. However, it is important to make sure you cover all your bases during the process and check into a home thoroughly before you close on the transaction. Here are some tips to help you as you search out your next home.

Consider the Home's Age

If you have decided that now is the time to buy a home, you might have an idea of the property age you want to look at. For example, you might have your heart set on an older, historic home that has a lot of charm and architectural features you don't see in newer single-family homes built today. You may want to look for a home that was built in the 1950s in a rambler layout because you don't want to worry about stairs. Or, you may want a home that is newly built or built within the past few years because you want a home that does not have problems related to its age.

Whatever the age of the single-family home you have chosen to look for, keep in mind the types of problems it might have. If you are looking at an existing home that was built over fifty years ago, you may want to invest in a professional sewer line inspection to ensure the sewer main is not failing. Or, if you are looking at buying a home built in the early 1900s, you will want to have a whole-home inspection before you make a final decision. This can help you discover any major problems with the home, such as mold growing in the basement due to years of moisture leaking through a crack in the foundation. 

Be sure that you get a full picture of any single-family home you wish to purchase and do your due diligence. Your real estate professional can help you and recommend important steps to take.

Verify the Property Survey

Another important step you should take once you have found a single-family home you are considering purchasing is to check into the property survey. Once you have made an offer on the property to purchase it and the seller has accepted, you can go forward with checking the property's boundaries and lot lines.

It is important to make sure the property lot lines match, especially where the property fence extends. You don't want to buy a home and find out later that your fence encroaches on the neighbor's property line by three feet. You can do a survey on the property and check into any existing surveys that are kept on file with the local county recorder's office.

For help with finding single-family homes for sale, contact a company like S&B Real Estate Group.