How To Begin Your Search For A New Home

Tips & Resources for Buyers
How To
Begin Your Search For A New Home
Now the hunt is on. But where do you start? There are many factors to consider: location, price, lot size, school districts and so much more. No worries, we have outlined how best to move forward with your home search.

Wants vs Needs First you will want to start the Pre-Approval process. Then, before you begin looking at homes, determine what you must have and what you would like to have. Take time to thoroughly think this through; be realistic with yourself. Here is a link to our Weber Elite Checklist, or continue reading for more tips:

What exactly is a pre-approval letter? A mortgage pre-approval letter from a qualified lender assures all parties involved in the process of a real estate transaction that the buyer (you), has the ability to complete the purchase of any home which meets the lender’s guidelines.

You may be thinking, “Why do we need to be pre-approved? Why can’t we start looking at homes and put an offer on one we love?”. Pre-approval letters benefit all parties involved with the home-buying process. Let us explain why they are a necessity.

Our Team can help start your home search process & find what’s right!

  • How many bedrooms?
  • How many baths? (full & half)
  • Is an updated kitchen important to you?
  • What about a backyard? (fenced, patio, deck, etc)
  • Do you need to have a garage? (if so 1, 2, 3 cars)
  • Finished basement with walkout
  • Laundry room located on a specific level
  • Walk-in shower or jacuzzi tub
  • Open floor plan, breakfast nook, wine cellar
  • Swimming pool or acreage

Do Your Homework Now that you know what you need, you need to figure out where to find it. What area do you want to live in? Will you want to favor work commutes or school commutes? We’ve outlined a good place to start to the right.

  • Locations throughout St. Charles & St. Louis County 
  • Area crime rates
  • Local school districts 
  • Lot size
  • Lifestyle amenities

Finally, determine your monthly budget. How much can you afford to pay each month along with additional expenses such as utilities, groceries, entertainment, etc. Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry, we can help!

Get A Real Estate Agent Let us help you find your dream home! We will do all of the hard work for you. Realtors know how to search the database to find the best homes within your budget. We also know how to read the subtle language in home descriptions. For example, a “charming” home translates to a fixer-upper, and a ‘newer roof’ means the roof was replaced about 10 years ago. We are here to help support, inform, and arm you with the knowledge you need in order to make the best purchase.

When you find the house and are ready to put an offer on the table, we will handle all of the price negotiations for you. You don’t need to worry about haggling with the current homeowners or their agent, leave it up to us. Furthermore, we have a team and multiple resources to help you throughout your home buying process. Upgrade to Elite!

Contact Weber Elite Realty to start your home buying adventure!

Final Words of Advice Ready to start your list of needs vs. wants? Taking a look at our Buyer Checklist is the best place to start.

Don’t stress yourself out! Buying a home is a major decision that should be made thoughtfully. The more information and time you take thinking about your likes and dislikes, the easier it will be to find your new home.

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Now that you know how crucial it is to be pre-approved and how it helps everyone in the buying process, take the next step! Get in touch with Heath Keller to start your loan application and then contact Weber Elite Realty to start your home buying adventure! Build your credibility as a buyer and find the home of your dreams
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