Posts made in April 2019

First-Time Buyer Advice

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If you’ve never purchased a house before, you may have no idea where to begin when preparing to become a homeowner. You may be on the fence about buying, or you may feel like you are ready to buy a home today. Either way, these tips can help anyone feel a little more prepared for their first home purchase!

MONEY IS KEY

It is easy to begin scrolling through beautiful homes on the market without considering your budget. Sale postings can be all over your social media feeds, tempting you to just take a peek. While looking can be fun and exciting, you should prepare financially before you start seriously eyeing any homes. It is much better to know what your price range is so you don’t fall in love with a house you just can’t afford (for now!)

MAKING A LIST, CHECKING IT TWICE

While you need to be realistic and recognize that you likely are not going to find a home with every single thing you wish to have in a house, making a list of the things that are a priority for you (room count, big backyard, master walk-in closet, etc.) will help you to make sure you’re only looking at houses that will fit your wants and needs.

PHOTOS DON’T TELL THE WHOLE PICTURE

It is easy to fall in love with a home after seeing the listing photos. These perfectly lit, well-staged photos show off houses in their best light, but that doesn’t mean you are getting the whole story. Listing photos are a great place to start, as they will help you to narrow down your options. Unfortunately, there are home traits that may not be portrayed well in photos, whether it be low ceilings, a drafty build, or anything in between.  Once you’ve made a short list of the homes that appear to be a fit for you, always do a home tour.

THAT GUT-FEELING

If you walk into a house and it feels like home, trust your gut. There is no better way to know if you should buy a home than seeing how you feel when you walk through the front door. Your home purchase will probably be one of, if not the largest, purchase you’ve made in your life so far. Pictures can only do so much, and nothing can help you decide whether or not a house is made for you better than getting inside it!

NOTHING ELSE WILL DO

Do you get upset at the thought of losing the house you just toured to someone else? Does it already feel like home when you are inside? These are two signs that you have found the home for you! If you see a home and are ready to stop looking at others, you are one step closer to buying a home you will love.

THE BEST AGENT

Finding a great real estate agent is going to be the part that ties everything together. A quality agent will help you find homes within your budget that possess your must-have items and they’ll offer you guidance through every step of the process. If you are ready to purchase a home in the Suffolk, VA or Isle of Wight, VA areas, call me today! (757) 650-3977. I know the area and will guide you through every step of the process!

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Ann Culley Crusenberry, REALTOR®  (757) 650-3977

Ann@choreyrealty.net

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Selecting the Right Neighborhood for Your Home

Are you committed to a move this year? Whether you are making a local move within a familiar territory or planning to purchase a home in a new area, there are many things to consider to ensure that you choose the right neighborhood!  Fortunately, the selection process should not be too daunting, especially if you know what to look for in a community. Whether you have a large family or live by yourself, the area in which you live plays a huge role in determining your overall quality of life. With this in mind, consider the following factors when investigating local neighborhoods.

Is There Space?

Depending on the size you need your new home to be, your ideal neighborhood might not have a property with sufficient space. This is why it is a good idea to understand the size of the house you need AND determine your budget before searching for the right location. The last thing you want is to fall in love with a neighborhood, only to discover it cannot accommodate your needs or is out of your price range. Having a focus on your priorities can eliminate wasted time when you begin to visit potential properties.

Are there any Hidden Costs?

Many neighborhoods have Homeowners Association dues and regulations about how you maintain your property. Have you figured additional fees into your budget? Are you okay with HOA regulations? If not, move on! Another thing to note, (especially in our Suffolk, VA and Smithfield, VA areas) would be the regulations/considerations of purchasing a home within a historic district. Often, in historic areas, there are property regulations when it comes to renovations and repairs. Do your homework if you love old homes and are looking at properties with a designated historic district.

Is the Location Convenient?

When browsing through the Suffolk, VA and Smithfield, VA, homes for sale, it is essential to consider convenience, especially if you have a family. In addition to being within easy driving distance of schools and workplaces, the neighborhood you choose should be near grocery stores, restaurants, and other necessary facilities to your daily life. Do you have a commute within the Hampton Roads area? Consider the factors of tunnels, traffic, and tolls when you are looking to relocate within the area.