Posted on: January 18, 2024 Posted by: ashley.bryant@allentate.com Comments: 0

Last Updated on January 18, 2024

Zillow is predicting several of our markets to be hot housing markets in 2024! If you’re planning to buy a home in the coming months, arm yourself with the best insider tips to help you be a successful home buyer this year.

Successful home buyers get pre-approved

Without question, the first item on your to-do list as a home buyer is to get pre-approved for a mortgage. A pre-approval is a full mortgage loan commitment, subject to a fully executed purchase contract and the completion of an appraisal. It scrutinizes every aspect of your credit worthiness and is reviewed by an underwriter. A pre-approval allows you to be ultra-competitive in a low-inventory market. Keep in mind, a pre-approval is very different from a pre-qualification, so make sure you know what you’re getting.

Successful home buyers ask the right questions

More than what you can see when you walk through a home, successful buyers ask questions to make sure they know exactly what they’re buying. Asking questions like, “What are the risks associated with this property?” or “How old is the roof?” and “What’s included in the sale?” are just a few of the top 10 questions we recommend you ask once you’ve identified a home you’d like to make an offer on.

Successful home buyers don’t overlook new construction

Typically, new construction accounts for relatively 10% of total home sales in any given year, but as new construction continues to pick up, it’s estimated that nearly 14% of all homes for sale in 2024 will be new builds. With the trend of limited housing inventory predicted well into 2024, it’s wise to consider new construction.

Successful home buyers understand the cost of buying a home in a specific school district

There’s no question about it—school districts have a direct impact on the cost of housing around them. In fact, research shows that for every dollar spent on public schools within a community, home values increased by 20 dollars. Here’s a helpful article that walks you through the ins and outs of buying a home in a certain school district.

Successful home buyers fully understand the home inspection process

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. Many people think that a home inspection covers absolutely everything that could ever go wrong, but unfortunately, this isn’t the case. A general inspection covers the home’s structural and foundation components, exterior, plumbing, appliances, a/c and heating. If, however, you are concerned about items like your roof, chimney, pool, mold or asbestos, electrical/HVAC, plumbing, foundation, or pest issues, you will likely need a more specialized inspection. You can read about the different types of home inspections here. You can also keep reading to learn about the 5 most common mistakes buyers make during a home inspection.

Successful home buyers stay smart under contract

It can be very tempting to make large purchases while your soon-to-be home is under contract. You likely need furniture, perhaps appliances, or other big-ticket items, but it’s wise to hold off until you’ve signed your name on the dotted line. Your lender will pull your credit report right before closing again, and thus, the best advice is to wait until after closing to make any large purchases.

It’s also a good idea to get homeowners insurance while you’re under contract, as you have to have your policy in place three days before closing.

Successful buyers have a team of professionals to help them get to the closing table

People underestimate how important it is to have professionals in place for closing. Finding the right agent, attorney, and mortgage broker capable of making the entire process of home buying easy and painless is key to working smarter and not harder.

About Allen Tate Realtors

Allen Tate Realtors has been helping our clients achieve their real estate goals since 1957 and is the #1 real estate company in the Carolinas. With local roots and global connections, thanks to our partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, our real estate agents can provide their customers with superior service, unparalleled connections, and vast market knowledge. Allen Tate provides real estate, mortgage, insurance, and relocation services throughout the entire homeownership lifecycle.

 Allen Tate Companies is a proud partner of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, the largest independent, family-owned real estate company in the country. With more than 13,000 sales associates and staff members across the combined companies, our agents are the best of the best. 

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