You’re walking through a house, the price is right, the size is perfect but there is one issue. You’ve never done this before. You’re unsure about the process and feel intimidated.
This feeling is normal! YES NORMAL! That’s why I and many others exist. We are trained professionals who have gone to school for this exact reason. As the client, your realtor truly has your best interests in mind and will take time explaining (step-by-step) what needs to be done or what he/she recommends.
As a buyer, it's important to not focus on the small things when walking through a potential property. Many first time home buyers fail to see the full potential of a space because of superficial items like paint colours, appliances, or the style of countertops. All of these items can be fixed and may not be a deal breaker. I recommend looking at the home and seeing if there is room in your budget to adjust or update fixtures based on the listing price.
This brings me to my next piece of advice. It is SO crucial to understand the difference between a ‘need’ and ‘want’. You may 'want' 3 bathrooms but you may only ‘need’ 2 bathrooms in order to get a garage. It’s important to make a list and define what you HAVE TO HAVE versus what is an added bonus. I recommend taking a piece of paper and making a vertical line down the middle. On one side write ‘need’ and on the other side write ‘want’. This really helps organize your home buying process.
Remember: By buying a home, you’re making an investment in yourself but it can often feel overwhelming. Consider working with a real estate professional for a higher ROI and a better result!