By Garrett Lund
Whether it has been a lifelong dream or you recently made it part of your life plan, you want to start looking at properties to find your new home. Before you start looking at homes for sale, there are five important things to consider to make the process smooth and to narrow your search of North County real estate to genuine prospects.
The first question is: where do you want to live? Depending on your needs, you can narrow your search by county, city or cities, or even neighborhoods. For example, if your dream is to live close to the beach, focus on coastal communities. It’s helpful to write down the names or zip codes of target areas or you can create your own map.
Determine a Price Range
After determining where to look for homes for sale, set a budget. Set a minimum and maximum to target homes fitting your lifestyle and that are affordable. A minimum price weeds out properties that don’t meet your needs and a maximum ensures you don’t overburden yourself with an excessive mortgage payment. You can use our mortgage calculator to help determine a good starting point.
List House Amenities
Once you select the area and price range, choose the amenities you require. Create a list of “must-have” and a list of “would-be nice” amenities. For example, a must have list may include: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a garage. A would be nice list may include: an attic, an attached garage, and gas appliances. The “must have” list is essential while the “would be nice” criteria are extras.
Choose Community Features
The community features are also important. Choose what you want in the community surrounding the properties. Do you want a gated neighborhood, a community pool, a nearby school, or restaurants within walking distance? Again, choose which features are essential and which are extras.
Select Your Agent
You have determined that North County real estate is where you are going to find your future home. You know where to look for homes for sale, your price range, and the house and community amenities required. Now it’s time to enlist the help of a real estate agent. A real estate agent is your partner in your home search and will work closely with you to find properties that suit your family and lifestyle.
Contact Lund Team now to start the exciting search for the home of your dreams.