INDIANAPOLIS, IN - More than a third of all home buyers are first-time buyers. Purchasing your first home can be exciting and intimidating all at the same time, so what do you need to consider if you’re thinking of buying? There is a lot more to home shopping, than just picking out a home, and putting in an offer.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Indiana Realty Trusted Advisor Julie Downham recommends interviewing real estate agents. “Find a real estate agent that you know, like, and trust, Downham said. “Financing is also key. Know your credit score, how much you have to put down, and your budget.”
Navigating through the financial commitment of buying a home can be confusing. That’s why having someone like Downham in your corner with experience can guide you through the process. “We work with loan officers and financial advisors to help guide you through the process,” Downham said. “Please avoid quick internet approvals.”
Eighty eight percent of home-buyers purchase their home through a real estate agent, or broker. Working with an agent, especially as a first-time buyer, will give you insight and someone who’s been through it before, at your side. “We can help you avoid big mistakes that will cost you time and money,” Downham said. “We educated you on the community and the neighborhood, just not the home. We live in your communities, we know what you can expect. We can also help you through the dreaded inspection process.”
On average, 66 percent of first time buyers are 36 years old, or younger. So, if you’re thinking of selling, staging your home is key. “Prepare to stage your home,” Downham said. “Think of contemporary urban mixed with farmhouse chic. As for painting your home? Move toward ‘greige’ not beige. Our trusted advisors can also help you prepare to put your home on the market.”