You’ve entered the name of the town, the word “homes” and maybe even the neighborhood where you want to live, into your internet search engine; there is so much information available. How do you sift through it all?
Some people drive around for months and waste time, gas and energy trying to find a home they would love to own and live in.
With historic low interest rates, plenty of home choices available at low prices today, how can you refine that search to find what you want in a home?
- Decide what you want and need. Start with filling out a wishlist. Here’s a quick and easy homebuying checklist to use when viewing homes.
- Find a real estate professional* to help you. It doesn’t cost a dime to call and get help on your home search. Experienced agents know the properties that are available, have a feel for neighborhoods and know where the good schools are. They will help you navigate the details involved in the home buying process. It can save you time and heartache.
- Find out what you can afford and get pre-approved. Visiting a lender to get a pre-approval letter will help you find just the home that matches what you can afford. A seller is more likely to immediately accept your offer. Having a pre-approval letter to show to a seller demonstrates that you are a serious buyer. When you are ready to buy, it will shorten the time it takes your lender to complete the mortgage application process. In fact, everything goes more smoothly with a pre-approval letter.
*Note: Not all real estate agents are REALTORS® be sure to look for the trademark REALTOR® or the REALTOR® logo when choosing your agent. That logo indicates they belong to the National Association of REALTORS® and must adhere to a higher level of education, training and a strict code of ethics.
Help for the Home Search
- REALTOR®.com has over 4 million Real Estate Listings, Homes for Sale & Rental Properties that are updated by the hour.
Check the Multiple Listing Service in your area
- Seattle/King County MLS
- Spokane Real Estate Search at REALTOR.com
- Yakima MLS
- Southwest WA Multiple Listing Service
- TriCity MLS
- Walla Walla MLS