“If you don’t know where you’re going … you’ll have a hard time getting there!” In other words, to achieve an objective, create a plan! If you plan to buy a home in Springfield MO, you will need to know “where you are going.” For a most enjoyable home-buying experience, first build a road map to your new home, a list of priorities that will lead you to your objective—a new home!
The first priority is your time frame. Write down the date by which you would like to move in to your new home: ________________ Keep in mind that it may take 30-90 days (or more) to locate the right home, secure financing, and complete the home-buying process.
The next priority is to develop a detailed description of the home you hope to find. Below is a list of Home Search Criteria to help you distinguish between “Need to Have” features and “Want to Have” features. Be specific. Include architectural style, number of bedrooms and baths, location, lot size, and other special requirements.
Deadline for Locating a Home:
Required Move In Date:
Family Size: Adults: Children:
Price Range: From: To:
Approximate Square Footage:
Approximate Age of Home:
Bedrooms: Bathrooms: Garage:
____Formal Dining Room
____Combination Dining Room
Approximate down payment available:
Source of down payment:
PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
Number your preferences in order of greatest importance to you. This form, along with the information you share during your initial consultation, will enable your real estate agent to narrow your home search. We will take this information and enter your requirements into the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system, and then use personal market knowledge to come up with a list of homes that best meet your needs and wants.
During the home search, we will:
- Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each home in relation to your specific needs.
- Keep you informed on a regular basis.
- Check the MLS database and talk with other brokers regularly for new listings.
- Prepare a list of all homes that best meet your needs and wants.
- Keep you up to date on changing financial conditions that may affect the housing marketing.
- Be available to answer your questions or offer assistance regarding your home purchase.
- Discuss market trends and values relative to properties that interest you.
Congratulations on taking the first steps to buying a home in Springfield Missouri. Remember, we are here to help!
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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