If this is your first time buying a home, then you surely know already there's much to consider.  The buying process is complex and can vary depending on where you live.  But when you get down to it, there's a few basic steps to consider when buying a home for the first time that will significantly help you during the process.

Hire an Agent

Sure we're going to say this!  But it really does make a significant difference.  Real estate agents know the business, the ins and outs. Sure you can buy a home mostly on your own online. But an agent will mostly save you time and energy.  They know what's on the market, and can even know what's coming on the market before they're listed. An agent also can tell when a listing is overpriced and can help negotiate for the home you want. They can also send you listings that fit exactly what you're looking for.

Find the Right Home

This really is not as easy a task as it sounds.  Find a home can be overwhelming.  So pace yourself.  Try to keep your viewing of homes below 7 at a time, or else you start getting bogged down.  Also make sure to research the neighborhoods where you want to live.  Once you pin down the ideal neighborhood, that will help you hone down the exact home to fit your needs.

Get Pre-Approved

This isn't a must, but it certainly helps.  When you walk into an offer with a promise that you can get a loan, it will help the negotiations significantly.  Some sellers won't even look at an offer if they aren't guaranteed you have the money.  And during the summer when there's more competition for homes, you need an edge.

Of course this isn't everything to consider, but it will help you get a good start on buying your first home.  And of course, we're here to help. Give us a call at 912-673-7373 to see how we can make your first time home buying experience in Southeast Georgia go more smoothly.