Hey everybody, this is Dylan Robinson with Pam Robinson real estate. Have you ever wondered what you need to do to start the buying process? If you have questions are the things like man, how do I get pre-approved? How do I start looking at homes? What do I need to do to be a homeowner? Well stay tuned. Today, I am going to give you five tips to get you started.

Okay guys, here is tip number one. Now the first thing that I think that you need to do whenever you’re ready to start going and looking for the home that you want to purchase, go get pre-approved. Number one, it is going to tell you how much your actual buying power is, it is going to start the process. But to me the most important reason to go get pre-approved whenever you’re ready to start looking is so that you can pull the trigger whenever you actually find the home that you’re ready to purchase. You do not want to wait an extra 24 or 48 hours while it is still on the market and somebody else could be making an offer. Be prepared, and be ready to make that offer and you can do that by getting pre-approved with your lender. Call a lender today, they can tell you exactly what they are going to need to get you pre-approved. A couple of things to have on hand; your last two years of tax returns, the last two months on pay stubs, they may need more than that, they may not need that right away. But if you’re prepared and you go get pre-approved you’re going to be ready to buy a home before somebody else that hasn’t taken those steps yet.

Okay guys, so here’s tip number two. The thing that I try to get my buyers to understand is it is okay to broaden your search criteria a little bit. Do not get so hung up on the small details. If you come in and you say, I want a house its 2000 square feet or more, nothing less than 2000 square feet. You may miss out on that house that’s nineteen hundred and fifty square feet that might have been just perfect and exactly what you’re looking for. So, give your realtor the ability to understand what your wants and needs are, and what your criteria is. But let them broaden that search a little bit. You do not want to miss out on something just because you only wanted to go three miles from work or five miles from work. An extra two miles, five miles, whatever it may be, gives you the ability to see more homes and find more properties that are going to actually fit your criteria and what your daily life needs. It is going to allow us to better service you whenever you are looking to buy a home.

For tip number three guys, this is something that I highly recommend for any buyer out there that’s going to look at properties. Take notes, okay. I know that sounds like just a basic tip because you can remember what you saw or you know whenever you walked in, I didn’t like it, I don’t need to take notes about this one but it’s about more than that. By taking notes on what you did and did not like about a specific house, it’s going to help you identify the things that are actually important. A lot of times you go in and you think man this is going to be really important to me but once you start looking at homes you realize maybe that’s not as important while this other item is. The other part of that is, it is going to let your realtor know what you did or did not like about those homes. So, whenever they’re looking for other listings to bring to you for possibilities, they’re not going to be wasting your time with things that you’ve already marked off on your list that you absolutely didn’t like about a previous house. That is going to give your realtor the opportunity to find you the perfect home for you and your family. It is also going to help you remember what you have looked at, so whenever it is time to make that offer, you remember exactly what you saw.

For tip number four, I highly recommend and I bet every realtor out there would recommend this as well; get a home inspection and use a professional. You may walk in, and see this house and you know it’s perfect and you want it, you’ve made your offer, it has been accepted, now it’s time to really get down to business. You may think it is perfect but you cannot see it through the walls and that is what your home inspector is there for. They are going to give you a really good indication of what the roof condition, the electrical, the plumbing, everything that you’re going to need to know about that house. I like to call it a buyer’s user manual for your new home. It is going to give you a wealth of information to let you know what you need to be thinking about doing in the future or if it is in great condition, you know, that you’ve got a great house and it is right there and it’s ready for you and you’re good to go. So, whenever you are ready to buy a home, and your offer is accepted, get a home inspection and use a professional.

Tip number five is more of a statement than a tip. What I really want to make sure that everybody understands is you can be a homeowner, whether you think that your credits too low or you don’t have enough money save for a down payment or whatever the issue is that is holding you back. Do not let it. Call a realtor, call your lender, and call somebody that has bought a home. It does not matter, talk to somebody and start asking those questions. Homeownership is for everybody, and the professionals in the real estate world and the lending world can help you get there. It may be a long process, but we can get you in a home that is perfect for you and your family. All right guys, so this was my 5 tips for buyers, stay tuned for next week where I’ll be giving out some seller tips. I hope that you enjoyed this video, it is something new that we are trying, I have kind of stumbled my way through a few of them, but I’m getting there and hopefully you’ve enjoyed it. Head over to our Facebook page, Instagram and give us a like, follow us, stay tuned for more information on the real estate market, and what we can do to help you be a homeowner, and find the perfect property. Go to Pam Robinson real estate.com for all of our listings and we will see you next week, hope you enjoyed it.