New Year – New Home
For many, the new year is a time that we focus on goals. Some want to get into better shape – eat healthier and exercise more. Others will quit their job and follow their passion. There are those that will get out of a bad relationship and heal. Then there are those that have been patient and have been saving their money for a house of their own. They want to stop renting and make an investment in real estate for themselves. They are excited to scream, “New Year – New Home!” I can help those people.
There are a few general things you want to have in place for the new home you will be getting in the new year.
- Loan approval. Get with a local, reputable lender. If this is your first home, you will have a lot of questions and you want to make sure you are working with someone who is knowledgeable and will take the time to make sure you are comfortable with the huge investment you are about to make.
- Purchase. Hire a Realtor you trust. You will likely be spending a lot of time with them. You will communicate your wants and needs and look at several houses that fit your criteria. You want to make sure you have someone that not only listens but can read in between the lines of what is important to you and will stay within the budget you have set. You also need someone who is willing to take the time to explain what you are signing. Buying a house can be very scary and the contract makes it even more daunting. Make sure you understand what you are agreeing to before moving forward.
- Move. Please do your research and save enough money to hire a well-reviewed mover. Your friends don’t want to help you move for pizza and beer anymore and the valuables that you have won’t be worth anything if they get ruined by careless workers. Accidents can always happen but read reviews of how companies fixed issues when they arose. Also, make sure to schedule in advance and confirm a couple days ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about them showing up on moving day.
There are so many details that go into buying a new home. If you do these three things, you won’t have to deal with many of those details yourself. Hire the right people from the beginning and you will be glad you took the extra time and maybe spent the extra money. Happy New Year and Happy New Home!
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.