Where to Start? TOD can help:
So, you’ve saved for your down payment! You’ve gotten pre-approved for your mortgage! Great start! Now, you are going to want to work with a real estate agent who understands your needs! Your Realtor will help you find the right houses, negotiate a great real estate deal, and explain all the nuances of home buying along the way. The best part? Their services are free to first-time home buyers (since the seller pays the sales commission).
Here's how to find a real estate agent in your area.
Note: There is a subtle difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor®; the latter is a member of the National Association of Realtors® and adheres to a code of ethics. Consider having a Realtor additional insurance that you'll get the help you need to ace the home-buying process.
TOD’s TOP TIP: when looking for a home, remember that LOCATION is everything. Then, make a wish list of what you would like in a property. Be flexible! If you go for location, your lifestyle will be better and your property value may increase at a higher rate over time! Prioritize first!