Finding Your Dream Home Through Real Estate Remax Agent

By: Sandy Bakst

Almost everybody has a dream home. A place they like to wander through in their thoughts, choosing imaginary wallpaper and putting in imaginary skylights. But for too many people, dream Cincinnati homes remain just that--dreams. The reality of owning their own home never seems to become theirs.

Once you have figured out what kind of home are looking for, the next thing to do is to search for the best possible deal. Although this is the toughest part of the whole home buying process, doing your homework certainly does help. There are two ways of doing this. Searching on your own or by hiring a Cincinnati real estate agent and letting them do the hard work for you! Leverage their experience!

In case you are looking to do it yourself, here are a few tips that would certainly help.

Know Your Rights as a Homebuyer

Before you start, there are many laws that protect you from scams, unnecessary expenses, and discrimination in the process of homebuying. Know your rights!

Find out How Much Mortgage Can You Afford

You can save yourself a lot of wheel-spinning if you take a minute to figure out how much mortgage you can afford. Generally, a lender will want your monthly mortgage payment to total no more than 29% of your monthly gross income (that's your monthly income before taxes and other paycheck deductions are taken out.) You also need to consider current loan interest rates. The lower the interest rate, the more expensive the home you'll be able to afford. Follow our tips and use these simple calculators to see how much you can afford in a mortgage payment.

Create Your "Wishlist"

Make your Wish Lst. Focus on the features you want in a home: 2 bedrooms or 3? 1 bath or 2? Garage or no garage? Knowing what you're looking for will help you focus your search. And it will help your Cincinnati real estate broker, too.

Research, Research and Research!

The easiest way to do this is the Internet! The best way to find what you should expect for your hard earned money is to surf all the Cincinnati real estate sites and see what is available in your price range! Make a Short list of all the houses that meet most of your (written down) requirements.

Searching Tip

Searching for Cincinnati real estate over the net is so much easier than browsing a newspaper because you can key in your personal search criteria and don�t have to be bothered with the vast number of listings that aren�t for you. Internet Cincinnati real estate sites offer customized search options that allow you to zero in on your key requirements.

Local newspapers would be a better bet in case you are looking to buy a house in the same locality. Sunday newspapers generally have a number of good listings.

Make appointments to look at all the short listed houses

Make sure that you visit each and every house short listed. Call the landlord well in advance and set up an appointment. Don't shy away from taking as many inspections as you want.

You can find out by asking yourself some questions:

Do I have a steady source of income (usually a job)? Have I been employed on a regular basis for the last 2-3 years? Is my current income reliable?

Do I have a good record of paying my bills?

Do I have few outstanding long-term debts, like car payments?

Do I have money saved for a down payment?

Do I have the ability to pay a mortgage every month, plus additional costs?

If you can answer "yes" to these questions, you are probably ready to buy your own home.

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