House hunting can be an exciting time. And sometimes overwhelming for new buyers. Where do you start?
If you’re on the hunt for real estate in Colorado Springs, you’ve come to the right place. The following are a few tips to keep in mind so you don’t only find a great home, you find the right home for you.
Work with a Local Realtor
First things first. Choose a realtor with local experience to guide you through the home buying or selling process. Your realtor becomes your friend and ally as they listen to your dreams and scour the market to find a home in your price range with the features you love. Local experience is important because they have insider knowledge and connections in the community to get you the deal you deserve.
Make a List of the Neighborhoods You Love
If you’ve lived in the Springs for a while, you may already know the neighborhoods you love. Those who are newer to the Springs may need to do a little research or ask your real estate agent for tips based on your preferences. Keep a running list of your top neighborhoods and refine your search to these areas. If few homes are on the market, you may look to neighboring areas to see if more options are available.
Do Your Research on the School Districts
If you have children or hope to have children someday, school districts can be a big determining factor in where you buy your home. Search for homes in your kid’s current school districts (if applicable) or ask neighbors or coworkers which schools are the best in your area. Chances are your realtor has worked with many families in your area, so consider them a great resource as well.
Keep in Mind the Features You Love
Do you love built-in bookshelves? Are you looking for a decent-sized backyard for children or pets? Do you like bold, modern lines or traditional appearance?
Keep a list of the features you love and decide which ones are ideal and which ones you can’t live without. When you visit homes, you may discover more features you never thought about. Keep an open mind, but begin with your “must-haves” as you’re searching for new real estate in Colorado Springs.
Look for Problems
Avoid buying a lemon by looking under rugs, behind doors, and under the house for potential future problems. Have the home inspected before you sign on the dotted line to ensure you know what to expect when the house becomes yours.
Need an experienced realtor? At Behr and Behr, we offer over 60 years of combined experience in Colorado Springs real estate. Get in touch today to learn how we can help you find your next dream home in the Springs.