Home Buying 7-Step Plan, Step 2

Home Buying 7-Step Plan, Step 2


Taking the Next Step: Finding A Home

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There are two big reasons why many consumers are thinking about buying a home today: the weather is getting warmer and mortgage rates have stabilized.

Winter is the least favorite season for buying a home, while Spring is one of the best times of the year. Rising temperatures, fresh homes on the market, and the desire of many people to make their move before summer is over are some of the biggest reason’s behind a strong Spring market.

Mortgage rates have stabilized and have even dropped, making home ownership affordable once again. Prices are also down and the housing glut is still in place in many markets. Truly, right now it is a buyers’ market — a perfect time to get a good deal on a home.

How To Search For A Home

Realtors are an important avenue for finding out which houses are on the market, but you have other tools at your disposal including:

  • Builder’s Websites — Perform a “Google” search to find all of the home builders in your area. Find out which builders are putting up the types of homes that you like and what incentives they are using to attract shoppers just like you.
  • For Sale By Owner Websites — Homeowners who prefer to bypass realtors are motivated sellers too.
  • Online Listings From Realtors — Visit Realtor.com for national listings, specific realtor network sites including ReMax, Century 21, and Coldwell Banker. If you have a favorite realtor, visit their site for current listings. Sign up for email notifications each time a change is made to their site.
  • Home Foreclosure Sites Including HUD — If you are seeking handyman special and/or a great buy, foreclosure sites are the place to visit.

The internet has made it much easier to research and track the housing market, allowing prospective home buyers to find a home that interests them and take the steps needed to buy a home.

Warmer weather is on its way…will you be buying a home this Spring?


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".