First-time homebuyers have always been a favorite for me and Diana. Nothing compares to the thrill of helping someone find their first home and realize a dream. We still love working for those who are moving up or downsizing but, that first home buyer brings a new kind of excitement and adventure. They come in all shapes, sizes and ages. We have helped several couples who were up in years—if you know what I mean. One couple was about to retire and purchasing their first home. One couple had grown children and actually called about finding a rental. Since we don’t deal with rentals we just asked, “Why rent if you can buy?” They just never knew they could. Can you imagine how excited they were when they found out they could own a home?
First time buyers are full of questions and keep us on our toes. There is a saying that says something like this, “You learn more by teaching.” This is so true. And those first-time homebuyers ask questions about real estate—so we continue to learn as we teach them the way. Most first-time home buyers are younger than us and have a way of keeping us up to date on the latest technology. We have to know to keep up with them.
If you are a first timer, looking for your first home let us give you some tips. First of all, work with a realtor® or real estate agent. It is not going to cost you anything and you will have someone working with you to make this smooth sailing. Have your agent refer a good lender and get pre-qualified before you head out to see any homes. You want to know what you qualify to purchase and you want to make sure the payment is in your comfort zone. Just because you qualify for a $200k home does not mean you want that payment. Maybe something around $150k would be more comfortable and allow you to continue eating out or going on vacations. Don’t become house poor. Trust your agent and your lender and have fun.
Diana and I would be happy to assist you. Just give us a call
Diana Stowe 678-414-6414 or Mary Lesh 678-618-9688