home buying

How to Start Your Home Search

Whether you are already into your home search or just starting to look into the buying process for a future purchase, it’s always great to know how to navigate the market. In this post we'll be giving you insight on how to start the search for your next home successfully. Let’s jump into it!

 

By this point in your home buying process, you’ll have found the agent that’s right for you, completed your initial buyers consultation, and created a guide to help you easily wade through listings to find the gems. But even with all this support and preliminary planning, starting to actually search for your next home – while fun – can feel overwhelming. But I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be. 

If you’ve found an agent that you really like and that is excited to support and work with you, you have someone there to help lead the way as you start to look for your home. Your agent will use their expertise and connections to scan listings and track down properties that fit your criteria. But that doesn’t mean you’re on the sidelines! 

Since you’ve developed a wish-list and budget to work from, you’re encouraged to do some searching for yourself and send listings you find interesting over to your agent as well. The shopping phase is meant to be fun and give you a chance to explore and see what’s out there. 

Don’t be afraid to modify your wish-list as you search, but make sure you’re discussing things with your agent as you go along. We all change our minds as we explore and you might find certain things on your list actually aren’t priorities for you, or discover a detail at a property that you have to add to your list.

The most important thing to remember during this phase of your home buying process is to have fun. Try not to let yourself get overwhelmed or frustrated, and don’t feel the need to rush the process – finding the right place for you can take time. 

 

If you’re a first time home buyer and looking for more information about the home buying process, check out the other blog posts we’ve created covering the home purchase journey. And if you’re considering a move to the San Francisco Bay Area, make sure to get in touch with us. Our team of top agents would love to help you find your dream Bay Area home.

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