5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search


Ready to start looking for homes? Here are the five biggest things to keep in mind during your search.

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I recently came across the Zillow article “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind.” With the busy spring selling season just around the corner, I’d like to share five of the article’s best tips with you today. Here’s how to start your home search:

1. Get pre-approved before beginning your search. This is a good way to know what you can truly afford. On top of this, in the Fairbanks area, about 90% to 95% of sellers want pre-approved buyers before confirming showing requests. They ask for this because they want to know that potential buyers are legitimate before letting them peruse their home.

2. Know your must-haves and nice-to-haves. You should look primarily at things you need to have for your home—anything extra that you want is a bonus. This will keep you focused on what’s most important for you and your needs.



Stick with what you need instead of what you want.



3. Research and pick a neighborhood. Every neighborhood has different charms and different elements, and everyone has their own preferences when it comes to these things. Check out the area and make sure it fits with your needs.

4. Pick a house style and stick to it. This is mostly a time-saving tip, but choosing one kind of house helps you narrow down your search. Ranch-style homes are great for family members who might struggle with stairs, for example. Remember, stick with what you need instead of what you want.

5. Document your home visits. When looking at home after home, things can start to blur together. After a busy day of showings, it can be easy to forget which great feature went with which house. The best way to keep track is to, well, keep track. We at Madden Real Estate use score sheets that allow our clients to rate and rank homes they view.

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, have any questions, or need more information, feel free to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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