Originally when I thought about this article I thought perhaps one of the standard sized articles that I have been writing would take care of the needs. However as I've spent some time thinking about this, this will also transcend into a series on how to use the internet to your advantage when searching for your new home, searching for a mortgage and finally making any needed repairs to your new home. Minimally we'll do these three articles and see what happens as we write them and we'll create additional ones if we find other topics which might be of interest. While saving up your mortgage down payment it's the perfect time to use the internet to research your 1st home.
This article will discuss your options when looking for a home. We're so fortunate today that our society has become even more transparent that more and more information is now available on the internet for 1st time home buyers.
Location is Everything With Your First Home!
Before you even start actually looking for a home, you can search the geographical area and learn about incomes, sizes of schools, tax bases and other information that will be helpful to you determine where you'd like to move. You can research enough information that you can make an intelligent decision about the location of your new home before you've ever started looking for your home! You may wish to check out our article about where to buy your 1st home.
Finding The Perfect 1st Home While Saving Your Down Payment
There are a number of websites that are committed to helping you find a new home! Whether you're looking for a townhouse, a condominium or a house or even if you are looking for a multiple family home, you'll find what you're looking for! While saving for your house, it's a great time to frequent these websites. They will keep you motivated toward saving your down payment and get you ready to act once your down payment fund is complete!
- The National Association of Realtors has a wonderful website that will allow you to a wealth of resources to help you find the perfect home. Using a website like this will allow you to find out what the average home prices are in the area you're looking at as well as allow you to check the prices on actual homes that are for sale.
- Zillow provides tools that are equivalent to the tools that many realtors depend on when they are helping you find a home! This site will bring you a variety of options for finding homes that are available for sale and comparison pricing for sales that have recently sold in the area.
- Trulia is another website that will help you find homes for sale in the area that you are researching. You can find information about schools, neighborhoods, foreclosures in the area and what the prices are that other properties are selling for.
Buying your first home is a very exciting time in your life. Let the internet help you search hundreds of properties without spending money that you want to save for your down payment to find the right house for you and your family! The tools are available, use them to your advantage and save money by doing your homework!
Want to learn more about how you can use the internet to improve your first home buying experience and learn as much as possible? In our next article, we discuss using the internet to research your home loan.
This article is written by guest author Doreen Martel exclusively for Save For House.