Your Guide To Purchasing a Home in Seattle

Five tips to help buyers find the home of their dreams in Seattle.

Do you want to purchase a home in the Seattle area? Our housing market remains hot, so if you want to land your dream home, you need to put your best foot forward. Fortunately, we’ve been helping people buy and sell homes in our area for a long time, so today I’d like to share five tips to help with your purchasing plans:

1. Be prepared. Always get ready for your journey by sitting down with your agent for a buyer’s consultation. Ask your agent for a lender recommendation and get pre-approved. This way, you can put in an offer as soon as you find the perfect home.

2. Don’t get hung up on square footage. Don’t get me wrong—the size of your house matters. However, try to keep an open mind. Have an ideal range instead of a hard number.

"Don’t schedule your move for closing day."

3. How old do you want your home to be? In our area, houses built in the mid-20th century are the least expensive. As you get older or newer from there, things get more expensive. Our market values historical homes tremendously, so just because a property is old doesn’t mean it will be less expensive. Also, keep in mind that the age of a home doesn’t necessarily correlate to its condition.

4. Consider your commute versus your price. Which factor is more important to you? Unless you’re working from home, this is a crucial decision. The closer you are to the city, the more expensive the home will be, so you might have to make a tough choice.

5. Get ready for a quick close. You’ll likely receive the keys 30 to 40 days after your offer is accepted. However, don’t schedule your move for closing day. If there are any delays, there will be a truck full of your stuff with nowhere to go.

If you have any questions about this or another topic, please call or email me. I am always willing to help!

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