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After finally saving up enough money to use as a down payment, I decided that it was time to hit the market. I met with a lender, got pre-approved for a loan, and then started visiting different properties. However, I quickly realized that I didn't know as much about real estate as I would have hoped. I wanted to find a great neighborhood and know what to ask the professionals, but I could tell that I needed a little help. To point me in the right direction, I started working with a great real estate agent who was familiar with the area. This blog is all about educating the general public on real estate matters.


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Three Keys To Buying A Home

by Nathan Olson

When you set out to buy a home, you might not be thinking about selling your home, but you need to. If you have to sell your home for any reason, you want to make sure that you have a good chance. This means you need to pay attention to small things when you buy your home. 

The Neighborhood

You can find the perfect home in the wrong neighborhood. Small things like the school district can make a big difference in how desirable your home is. Living in a good school district can make a huge difference in how much potential home buyers are willing to pay for a home. You may also want to cruise by the home you want to buy at different times of the day to get a feel for the neighborhood. If you see neighbors partying or anything else that you don't like, keep looking for a new home. 

Buying the Biggest Home on the Block

When you buy the biggest, nicest home on a block, you have less opportunity for your home to increase in resale value. On the other hand, if you buy a smaller home, or a home that needs a little bit of work, you have an opportunity to increase the resale value of your home. Anything you can do to make your home as desirable or more desirable than other homes in your neighborhood can increase the amount of money you stand to make when you sell your home. 

Neighbor Upgrades

If your neighbors plan on making upgrades to their homes, it can have a negative effect on the value of your home. If your neighbors put in a basketball court, a swimming pool, or a brand new kitchen, it can make your home less desirable. You want to get an idea, if possible, of what upgrades your neighbors are considering so that you can decide if you want to make similar upgrades or start looking in a new neighborhood. Even if these neighbors don't plan to sell their homes at the same time that you do, the upgrades to their homes can negatively affect the value of your home. 

This is just a sampling of what you need to look into when you consider buying a new home. These examples should illustrate, however, just how important it is to consider resale value when you look into buying a home. The basic principle is simple, make sure as far as it is possible to do so that you stand to make money when you sell your home in the future. To learn more, contact a company like Chris Calhoon Real Estate.