In this column, we’ve made it past Finding Your Agent, Getting Pre-Approved for your loan, and your Desire vs. Require in what you want in your new home. Now, the Intown Atlanta Real Estate Buyer’s Guide says Let’s Go Shopping! Or Looking for Your New Home!
Now that we have some money (that pre-approval letter) and an idea of what you are looking for (desire vs. require) it’s time for us to start looking for that home! We’ll both be looking…you’ll be on the Internet, reviewing all the different Midtown Atlanta Condo buildings that are highlighted here, or numerous other sites where homes For Sale might appear. As you look at various listings, make note of the MLS number that you will find on every listing. You can email, or text me those as you find them, and I can do additional research about them. At the same time, I’ll be searching from my side, looking for that home that fits those wants and needs we’ve already talked about.
So, we’ve found the first 10 homes we are going to look at. (When I take you out to look at homes, the MOST we will ever look at in one day is Ten. Anymore than that, and you will be lost and confused. When we meet, I’ll present you with a Home Tour Booklet. It will have information about each of the homes or condominiums that we are going to view. If time has permitted, I will have already previewed these homes, and have a pretty good idea of what you might think. Also, by previewing the homes, I’m better informed to tell you about each one as we tour them.
Part of the Intown Atlanta Real Estate Buyers Guide is your Home Tour Booklet. You’ll use it to make notes about what you like, or don’t like in each home. You might even rule a home out from any consideration at all. That page will get a line drawn through it. Our goal…at the end of they day, you’ll rank your Top Three homes that you’ve seen. If there was not another home to look at, and you had to make a decision today, what would be your First Choice? Plus, but the end of the day, you’ll forget which house had which!
I’m also asked if you can take pictures of a home so you have your OWN memory of the house to look at later. Vacant homes are no problem, and if the home is occupied, I always use caution as to what you want to take photos of that are perhaps already part of the listing.
In our next column, we’ll look at The Contract — The Offer!