New Year=New Homes in Springfield, MO
Posted: January 06, 2017 by Alex Fowler
It’s officially 2017! We all have set resolutions as to what we would like to get done this year. Buying a home in Springfield, MO may be on your list. However, you may think that the winter months are not the time to buy. But, by buying a home in Springfield, MO in the winter months can result in more home selection, like smart homes in Springfield, MO and the opportunity to settle into the new home before warmer months arrive. If buying a house is on your “to do” list this year, now is also the time to begin preparing.
Here are some tips to help you get on track to reach your 2017 home buying resolution:
- Select a qualified and trusted Springfield real estate agent: At Coldwell Banker Vanguard, REALTORS®, we have a network of knowledgeable, trustworthy agents. Agents understand the local market and can help you find all the information and resources you need to get started. Researching on your own is important, and using free online tools is a great way to start, but meeting with one of our local agents will ensure you don’t miss any important steps along the way. In fact, the next three tips were sourced from the great advice of our agents.
- Create your “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves” list: Easier said than done, right? But it’s next to impossible to find a first home with everything. You’ll need to think about your lifestyle needs and prioritize the non-negotiable home accommodations, such as a bedroom for each family member, over items you may want, but not need, such as a large master suite. Everyone’s list is different, but knowing your “must-haves” in advance will help you stay focused. Maybe you prefer to have that smart home in Springfield, MO or maybe a farm home. The list will help you figure this out!
- Determine your budget: Be realistic about what is affordable. An agent at Coldwell Banker Vanguard can help you find comparable home prices and hone in on approximately how much the payments will be. You should also plan to get pre-approved for a mortgage. There are several local loan offices here in Springfield, MO. Doing this prior to house hunting will let you know how much money you qualify for, and how much you can afford. You’ll also be able to figure out which mortgage type is best for you.
- Identify the perfect “location, location, location”: Everyone has heard this phrase before, and while the surrounding neighborhood and home itself may improve over time, the physical location will remain the same. You may choose Springfield, or maybe a surrounding area like Ozark, Nixa, Republic, or even Willard. Determine in advance how close you would like to live to work, schools or extended family. A short commute to work, proximity to family or having easy access to highways and mass transit will often be items for your “must-haves” list.
Hope your year is off to a good start. If you’re starting your home search in 2017, we’d love to hear what you’re doing to get the home search process started. If you are currently looking for homes for sale in Springfield, MO and are looking for a real estate agent, check out our website at http://www.cbvanguard.com/ or call our office at 417-887-6664 or click the button below.