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June 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News

It’s here!  Summer is home buying/selling season.  Whether you’re downsizing because your kids left for college, or you’re looking for more space for the kids to romp around in, doing research about the market is not something that’s optional these days.

What size house do you need?  Are you looking for something that’s move-in ready, or a fixer-upper?  Have you estimated whether you’ll be able to cover any renovation costs?  How do you know if the house is in good condition?  What should you do before you even start talking to a real estate agent?

One of the most important things you should do first is find out how much house you can afford.  You’ll need to take into account how much your current income is, how much you’ve saved towards a down payment (yes, you should do that!), what your credit score is, what the current mortgage interest rate is, and whether or not you’ll have to set aside funds for renovations apart from the mortgage.

Once you’ve found your budget, it’s suggested that you get a pre-approval letter from your bank for a mortgage loan.  This usually proves to be beneficial, as it gives you a slight edge over other buyers if there’s a bidding war.

Repeat homebuyers will have to do some additional work, since they’ll typically have to use some of the funds from the sale of their current home before buying the new one.  Often, sellers forget that there are closing costs they will have to pay when selling their current home.

Now you can begin scouring the market for your dream home.  Only look for homes within your budgeted range, or heartache will follow.  There’s nothing like pining over that amazing house which is just out of reach.  Figure out the neighborhood you want to live in, and take commute times, local school ratings, access to stores and highways, and community engagement into consideration.

Work with an experienced real estate agent who can give you tips on finding the right home for you and your family.  Don’t forget that they get a commission!  If they’re good at what they do, it will even payoff to stay in touch with them after the sale, for future market needs.

Planning to sell or buy without a realtor?  There are tips for that, and more, available to you in the books we have here at the library.  A few are listed below.  Don’t forget to search for and read up on home buying articles from our databases!

Dream home: the Property Brothers’ ultimate guide to finding & fixing your perfect house  (643.12 SCO) Jonathan & Drew Scott

Buying the best home  (643.12 BRE) Joe Breckner

Not one dollar more! : How to save $3000 to $30,000 buying your next home  (643.12 CUM) Joseph Eamon Cummins

100 questions every first-time home buyer should ask: with answers from top brokers from around the country    (643.12 GLI) Ilyce R. Glink

The Unofficial Guide to buying a home     (643.12 PER) Alan Perlis

The National Association of Realtors guide to home buying    (643.12 NAT) NAR

Nolo’s essential guide to buying your first home     (643.12 BRA) (New) Ilona M. Bray

The complete guide to locating, negotiating, and buying real estate foreclosures: what smart investors need to know explained simply    (332.6324 ORL) Frankie Orlando

Your eco-friendly home: buying, building, or remodeling green   (690.8 DAV) Sid Davis

Finding the uncommon deal: a top New York lawyer explains how to buy a home for the lowest possible price  (643.12 BAI)  Adam Leitman Bailey

Investing in fixer-uppers: a complete guide to buying low, fixing smart, adding value, and selling (or renting) high  (332.6324 DEC)  Jay Decima

Tips and traps when negotiating real estate     (333.33 IRW) Robert Irwin 

Your first home: the proven path to home ownership (643.12 KEL)  Gary Keller

How to buy foreclosed real estate for a fraction of its value  (332.6324 DAL) Robert Irwin

The complete guide to your real estate closing: answers to all your questions – from opening escrow, to negotiating fees, to signing the closing papers     (q643.12 GAD) Sandy Gadow

Sell your home now: the complete guide to overcoming common mistakes, selling faster, and making more money   (643.12 RID) Laura Riddle

The complete kit to selling your own home: smart, fast and for top dollar  (333.33 DIB) Joseph P. DiBlasi

How to buy or sell your home without a broker (333.33 TAN) Milt Tanzer

Dress your house for success: 5 fast, easy steps to selling your house, apartment, condo for the highest possible price!   (333.33 WEB) Martha Webb

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