How To Shop For A New Home, It’s This Easy!

AUTHOR: Ryan De Young

Shopping for a new home starts long before the foundation is poured but can be a very satisfying experience when you are enjoying life in your dream home. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind while shopping.

Buying Power

The first step when shopping for a new home is calculating how much you qualify for, how much you can afford to spend and how much your new home is likely to cost. Finding your buying power on a new home gives you the opportunity to plan on the size and features that fit your needs and desires.  De Young Mortgage can assist you in determining your buying power simply by calling 559-439-9494 or by clicking hereand completing a loan application.

Location, Location, Location!

Determining the location of your new home is usually the next logical step.  Researching neighborhood choices will help you identify which areas make the most sense for you.  Important items to consider might be which city fits your lifestyle best, what is the distance to your workplace and your family and friends’ homes, as well as which neighborhoods maintain high resale values.  To view all the locations where De Young Properties is currently building, click here.

Wants/Needs

Because different neighborhoods, square footages of homes, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and extra features all affect the sales price it is important to determine your wants and needs before beginning your shopping experience.  It’s very important to separate your must-have features from nice-to-have features. Sometimes making a list of features you like and dislike within your current home or other homes you are familiar with can help point you in the right direction.  For some help in finding inspiration and to create your very own inspiration board, try checking out www.Houzz.com and www.pinterest.com.

Home Shopping

Once you have determined the homes you want to view in person, be sure to pay special attention to standard features like the length of the home’s Fit and Finish Warranty, energy efficiencies of the home and how that translates to the estimated monthly energy bill and standard features like the finishes on the inside and outside of the home.  Click here to learn more about the De Young EnergySmart home.  Finding a home that include extra standard features is ideal and can reduce the price of the new home, while giving you the opportunity to personalize the house as much as possible.  Be mindful of this when reviewing listed home prices.  Finding value purity is critical at this stage as one home might appear lower in cost, but once you add in the must-have and nice-to-have features, one home might actually stand out as a better fit for you.

By following these helpful guidelines, soon you should be enjoying the home of your dreams! Please contact us at 559-434-2000 or click here so a De Young team member can help you during your new home search. Happy House Hunting!