Get prepared with great buyer resources!

When entering the housing market, it pays to be prepared. These buyers’ resources are bound to contain a service that will help find the home of your dreams.

GreatSchools

One of the most important factors for families to consider when searching the market is a given area’s school district. Not even your dream home can make up for a lack of quality education for your children. Fortunately, GreatSchools’ comprehensive system assesses schools based on a plethora of factors such as college readiness, disability accommodations, and staff ratings. With their assistance, you’ll never have to worry about keeping your children up to speed.

Mortgage Calculators

No home is worth subjecting yourself to crippling debt from an unfeasible mortgage. Fortunately, there are a variety of websites that offer free use of their mortgage calculators. These calculators help to more effectively visualize your payments, laying out the various factors such as interest rates and HOA fees before calculating the monthly total. From here, you can make a more informed decision based on your personal income, thus avoiding any nasty financial surprises down the road. Some example sites are listed below:

Nerd Wallet
MortgageCalculator.org
Bankrate.com

 

The Local Community

No matter how advanced search algorithms may become, at the end of the day no one knows a community like its residents. If you’re in need of a REALTOR®, do a local search and scour the reviews for each candidate thoroughly. Check their website for any indication of total sales in a given area: the more they’ve sold, the better they should understand trends. And if you have any friends or family in the area, consult with them to find out who represented them when buying a home. This should provide you with direct insight from people you trust on a given agent’s reliability.

As impenetrable as the real estate market can appear, it is by no means unconquerable. Make thorough use of these resources and you’ll have significantly less trouble finding a home that’s right for you.

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