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When getting ready to buy a home, you want to do a few things to ensure you buy the right home. That means that you need to learn the true value of the home, get pre-approved, learn about time for closing, how to make an offer, and more. By doing a little bit of homework up front, you will know what questions to ask and what information you need to make your final decision.

For starters, when you find a home that you are interested in, you want to know what its true value is. To determine this amount, you will need to find out the price of other similar homes in the same area. Keep in mind that if the home you are looking at has had significant improvements, the price would be boosted a little. To come up with this value, your real estate agent can run a report and then do a comparison. If you do not yet have a real estate agent or are buying on your own, you can visit www.domania.com where you will be provided with the right tools to do comparisons. Knowing the value helps when it comes time to make an offer.

Getting pre-approved is one of the smartest things you can do before you start your search. This can be done in 24 to 72 hours and once complete, you have money ready as soon as you decide on a home. The seller will know you are a serious buyer and therefore, be more willing to barter. Some questions you should be prepared to ask the seller during your search would include, why are they selling, how soon will the house be available, what updates or improvements have been made. For the real estate agent, you want to ask, what the current asking price was, how long the house has been on the market, has the price been reduced, have any offers been made on the house, and have any offers been rejected and if so, what was the reason.

As you start our search, keep your options open. For instance, although that newer home is appealing, the current owner probably has little equity and will therefore be firm on their price. However, a home owned by someone for many years probably has significant equity, which could be good for price bartering in that $1,000 or $2,000 may not be that big a deal. You also want to remember that both new and old homes have advantages and disadvantages. New homes will generally have less upkeep but they also lack some of the older home charm and seldom have mature landscaping. An older home may require some updating but you get a home that was built with durable materials and has the mature landscaping already in place.

Searching for a home is one of the most exciting experiences in life. You will see a wide variety of styles, each with special characteristics. As you walk through each home, try to picture yourself living there in five years - will the home still accommodate your needs? Make sure you do not settle for a home simply because you get caught up in the excitement. Remember that some homes simply need a little bit of change to make them perfect for you. Therefore, look past the wall paint, the exterior paint, woodwork stain, and other cosmetics things that can easily be changed.

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