You've decided to buy a house in Springfield MO. Now what?
Looking for a new home in the Ozarks can be an exciting and challenging experience. Going out and finding that perfect home is one of many steps that you need to follow.
Teaming up with a Real Estate Professional is highly beneficial
With a repected and knowledgable buyers agent who walks you through each phase, this process can go much more smoothly. A professional Buyers Agent will take time to understand all your unique needs and lifestyle that is important to you. When you're looking for a real estate professional to help you; know that above all else, good agents put their clients first.
Is there a right time to buy?
There is never the wrong time to buy the right home. The decision to buy your first home is one of the biggest and best decisions you will ever make. It's also one of the largest and most emotional decisions you will invest in. Investing in yourself and your future has a huge return. Over time you create weath - yes it's called equity!
Getting with a lender is the first step in buying your home. Your lender will pre-qualify you for your loan for a certain amount, but YOU will decide what you are comfortable paying every month. Choose a loan officer who helps you determine what want to pay and select a loan program that is talored to your needs. Once you know how much you can afford, it makes it much easier to search for homes and you won't be dissapointed by falling in love with a home that is out of your price range.
Finding your home
Okay, you are preapproved and ready to begin your search. But how or where do you begin? There are a lot of homes out there and diving in without a guide can become overwhelming and confusing. A great agent will help you more accurately pinpoint homes that fit your criteria. The right home will meet all your important needs, and as many of your additional wants as possible. Some questions you might ask yourself include:
- What do I want my home to be close to?
- How much space do I need and why?
- Which is more critical: location or size?
- Would I be interested in a fixer-upper?
- How important is home value appreciation?
- Is neighborhood stability a priority?
- Would I be interested in a condo?
- What features and amenities do I want? Which do I really need?
You'll learn as you look at homes, your priorities will probably adjust along the way. You will find vaulable tools on our website SpringfieldMissouriHomesForSale to search properties that fit your criteria. Searching for homes on the internet can help you save time and eliminate homes you don't like. Once you find some likely canidates, we'd be happy to give you a personal tour! We're glad you've decided to buy a house in Springfield MO!
About The Authors: Betty Knowles is a full-time REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Vanguard REALTORS® in Springfield, MO and proudly serves on the board of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®. She also served as President of Women’s Council Of REALTORS® in Southwest Missouri. Betty’s genuine passion is helping people buy and sell homes in Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, and surrounding communities.
John Knowles is likewise a full-time REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Vanguard and a member of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®. A self-proclaimed computer geek, John is talented at developing real estate websites, videos, photography, blogs, search engine optimization and other technical skills essential to marketing and selling real estate in Springfield MO.
Together this dynamic team makes up TeamKnowles REALTORS®, Spouses Selling Houses! They are dedicated to doing what it takes to sell your home in the greater Springfield real estate market, or help you purchase a home that fits your particular needs. Give TeamKnowles a call today; you’ll be glad you did!
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