A lot of folks I talk to are not sure what to look for in a home search in Tooele County.
Here is an article the folks at Keeping Current Matters sent out the other day directed to first time buyers with 5 tips for starting a search for a house to buy. The tips and the links are generic, but the info is applicable to searching for a house or condo in Tooele City, Grantsville UT or Stansbury Park.
It’s good enough that I want to send it on to those of you looking in the area that are not sure how to get started and what to be aware of. If you fall into that category, I hope you find something helpful.
First let me give you the key to making this work. ( I think that makes 6 Tips)
Find a local agent you think you would like to work with, and check out their website. That will be the tool you use when implementing the other 5 tips.
If you don’t have an agent, We’d like to apply for the job. We’ll get into that later. In the meantime, check out our 3 websites here.
Here’s what KCM and I have to say about making a home search in Tooele County. ENJOY!
In a recent realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,”the author highlights some steps that first-time home buyers can take to help carry their excitement of buying a home throughout the whole process.
1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search
One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search. Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is within your reach.
This step will also help you narrow your search based on your budget and won’t leave you disappointed if the home you tour, and love, ends up being outside your budget!
2. Know the Difference Between Your ‘Must-Haves’ and ‘Would-Like-To-Haves’
Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen to be happy with your home choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Could the ‘man cave’ of your dreams be a future renovation project instead of a make-or-break right now?
Before you start your search, list all the features of a home you would like and then qualify them as ‘must-haves’, ‘should-haves’, or ‘absolute-wish list’ items. This will help keep you focused on what’s most important.
3. Research and Choose a Neighborhood You Want to Live In
Every neighborhood has its own charm. Before you commit to a home based solely on the house itself, the article suggests test-driving the area. Make sure that the area meets your needs for “amenities, commute, school district, etc. and then spend a weekend exploring before you commit.” A case in point would be looking for horse property in Grantsville UT where there are a number of listing versus looking for homes with animal rights in Stansbury Park where there are few.
4. Pick a House Style You Love and Stick to It
Evaluate your family’s needs and settle on a style of home that would best serve those needs is part of Just because you’ve narrowed your search to a zip code, doesn’t mean that you need to tour every listing in that zip code. You may need to look at a lot of listings but that’s part of what to look for in a home search in Tooele County.
An example from the article says, “if you have several younger kids and don’t want your bedroom on a different level, steer clear of Cape Cod–style homes, which typically feature two or more bedrooms on the upper level and the master on the main.”
5. Document Your Home Visits
Once you start touring homes, the features of each individual home will start to blur together. The article suggests keeping your camera handy and documenting what you love and don’t love about each property you visit. They even go as far as to suggest snapping a photo of the ‘for sale’ sign on the way into the property to help keep the listings divided in your photo gallery.
Making notes on the listing sheet as you tour the property will also help you remember what the photos mean, or what you were feeling while touring the home.
In a high-paced, competitive environment, any advantage you can give yourself will help you on your path to buying your dream home and
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