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Tips on Finding the RIGHT Home

House hunting can feel like navigating a maze, especially considering that buying a home is often the most significant investment in one’s lifetime. So, where does one even begin? Start with a clear understanding of what you’re looking for and what you absolutely cannot compromise on.

To kickstart your search, create a list of essentials and deal breakers, ideally with input from your family. Sit down together and jot down the top 10 must-haves for your new home, along with the things you definitely want to avoid. This exercise not only helps you define your priorities but also ensures everyone’s needs are considered.

Once you’ve compiled your lists, it’s time to get specific. Consider crucial factors like location, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and any additional amenities you desire, such as a swimming pool or a fireplace. Think about practicalities too, like whether the layout accommodates your lifestyle and if there’s ample space for your furry friend to roam.

But finding the perfect home involves more than just checking off boxes. It’s also about understanding the market and making informed decisions. That’s where the right real estate agent can make all the difference. A knowledgeable agent can provide valuable insights into current market trends, help you analyze comparables, and guide you through the entire process with expertise.

In addition to your must-have list, there are other factors to consider when house hunting. Budget is, of course, a critical consideration. Determine how much you can comfortably afford, factoring in not only the purchase price but also ongoing expenses like mortgage payments, taxes, and maintenance costs.

Location is another key aspect to weigh carefully. Think about proximity to schools, work, amenities, and the overall vibe of the neighborhood. Consider the size and layout of the property, ensuring it meets both your current and future needs. And don’t forget to factor in potential resale value, as well as any desired home features and upgrades.

Before finalizing your purchase, always schedule a professional home inspection to uncover any hidden issues with the property. By taking these factors into account and working closely with your real estate agent, you can streamline your search and find the perfect home that ticks all the boxes for you and your family. Good luck on your house-hunting journey!

And remember, if you are looking to buy a home in the Marion, Levy, Citrus or Alachua county areas of Florida, call Ann-Marie Bortz, your local real estate expert.  And, start your customized home search today.

Ann-Marie is a real estate agent in the Greater Ocala, Florida area with over 2 decades in the business. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force and her clients know her as a go-getter and pro-active agent specializing in the luxury market.