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September
21

Homes come in different shapes and sizes, as well as ages. Here's how to figure out if you should buy a new or old home.

Brand new construction or an old classic house — which is best for you? The thought of being the first to live in a new home can be enough to sway many towards the first option, but there are also many who believe they simply don't make homes like they used to.

The truth is, there isn't a right or wrong answer. Both new homes and old homes can be perfectly viable options and solid investments. However, our real estate agents believe it's important to consider the pros and cons of both before you make your decision. Here are some important factors to consider:

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August
8

Buying a home is exciting, but you want to make sure you choose the best one for you. Here's what you should do before making any offers.

When you finally find the perfect home, it can be hard to hold back your excitement. Shoppers often want to act fast and submit an offer as soon as possible. However, before rushing into things, remember buying a home is a big decision and one of the largest purchases you'll ever make. It's important to take a step back, do your research, and evaluate all the property facts.

When our clients finally find the right home, our real estate agents always encourage them to take these steps before submitting an offer:

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June
6

If you're buying your first home, you want the process to go smoothly. Here's how you can ensure a trouble-free purchase.

Diving into the real estate market for the first time can be fraught with uncertainty. From deciding where to live to negotiating a contract, there are many big decisions to make, and it can be easy to make mistakes along the way.

According to our real estate agents, the best way to prevent mistakes is to do your research and work with a qualified expert. Here are some of the most common mistakes we see first-time home buyers make:

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April
11

If you're buying your first home, you definitely want to avoid any holdups. Here's how you can make your buying journey go smoothly.

Buying your first home is a major milestone, but in today's market, it can often feel like the cards are stacked against you. Rising interest rates, high prices, and low inventory can make purchasing your first home a challenge. But if you're planning to hit the real estate market this year, don't be discouraged. According to our real estate agents, patience and preparation are the keys to successfully buying your first home in 2022. Here are some tips we often share with our clients:

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September
7

Today's market is ripe with opportunities for first-time homebuyers. Shopping for and purchasing your first home is an exciting time but before you begin looking, make sure you're completely prepared and know what to expect. The following steps will help get you ready to make that big purchase. Step 1: Freshen up your Finances. Before you dive into the exciting part of home-buying-the search!-make sure you have all your ducks in a row. Figuring out your finances and crunching some numbers will allow you to set a realistic budget. Step 2: Secure a loan. After you get your finances in order, talk to lenders and mortgage brokers. It's important to shop around to get the lowest interest and overall best deal possible. Make sure you understand all of the fees involved before diving into anything. Step 3: Map out your criteria. Now that you have your finances figured out and a loan set up, it's time to begin your search-from home! With a plethora of online home-buying tools at your fingertips, it's relatively easy to map out different types of homes and neighborhoods and find what is right for you. Make big decisions-like urban versus suburban settings, an estimated property size and neighborhood requirements-before you start to physically look at properties. This will save time and energy for both you and your agent. Step 4: Take notes. On your own or with the help of an agent, you've found some houses you're interested in looking at. Don't venture out without a pen, paper and camera. Often when searching for a home you are shown many at once. Keeping track of important details by taking notes and pictures will help you differentiate between the properties later, and help you weed out the homes you were not interested in. It is also a good idea to come with a list of questions ready, and be sure to scope out the neighborhood by driving around for a bit. There's nothing worse than purchasing a house only to find it's down the block from an extremely noisy restaurant or industrial plant. Step 5: Close that deal! So you've found a home you love? Don't wait around. I've seen many first-time buyers miss out on a home because they got cold feet and continued shopping around. By the time they realized they weren't going to find a better fit, someone else had already made an offer! Like the perfect pair of shoes, you will know when you've found the right match. Make an offer, and be ready to negotiate. Once a deal has been made, thoroughly read the contract and make sure you understand everything before you sign. Next, it's time to begin with the appraisal and home inspection process. For more information on purchasing your first home, please contact Century 21 American Homes at propertyinfo@C21AmHomes.com, 1-800-270-6318. Century 21 American Homes is one of the fastest growing real estate brokerages serving Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn. To find out more about an exciting career in real estate contact us at careers@c21amhomes.com.

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