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November 18, 2015
Tuscaloosa home winning strategies

The Winning Strategy to Buying Your Next Tuscaloosa Home

It’s fun to piddle around the internet and browse homes from time to time, but once you get serious about buying a new home in Tuscaloosa, there are a few elements that need attention before sealing a deal and jumping into a new home.

Home buying requires a great deal of time and effort, so you need to understand the ins and outs. Some of you require months, if not years, of preparation before buying a home, while some of you go on gut instinct and purchase quickly. Regardless of your purchasing methods, here are a few pointers that every prospective buyer should consider:

The Search

The majority of home discoveries begin with an online search. You’ll begin by browsing your favorite local real estate website (Advantage Realty J) to find a home or condo that matches your wants and needs, and more importantly, your budget.

Don’t just look at the price, square footage and features and jump to a decision. Take time to research the neighborhood where the home is located, zip code statistics, and the schools located in that particular zone.

Once you’re convinced that the home provides what you’re looking for and the surrounding area is to your standards, it’s on to the next phase.

The Math

More than likely, you’ll need a mortgage to purchase your new piece of Tuscaloosa real estate. Over the years, the mortgage process has become increasingly easier, but can still be rather stressful if you’re not prepared.

Determine how much house you can afford and what types of loans are available. Start by pulling your credit report and becoming pre-approved. This will save you the embarrassment of making an offer on a home, the seller accepting, only to have the deal fall through because the loan amount was denied.

If you know you’re 3+ months away from buying a new home, then SAVE SAVE SAVE and address your financial situations. We’re not saying you should eat Ramen noodles 5 nights a week ‑ simply cut out a few excessive purchases 🙂 .

Choose your Tuscaloosa Real Estate Agent

When you have all of your ducks in a row and you’re ready to go for it, it’s time to form a relationship with a Tuscaloosa real estate agent. Having a real estate agent by your side during the home-buying process is invaluable.

Hop in the car with your agent and see as many houses as you need before making a decision. This is a huge investment for you so don’t settle on your home purchase. Your real estate agent understands this, and won’t stop until they find a home that makes you happy.

Choose an Advantage Realty Agent

If you’re ready to purchase your next home in Tuscaloosa, then link up with an Advantage Realty agent and get started today. They have the resources, experience and drive to find the perfect home for you. Call (205) 345-0116 and let’s get started today!