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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Home Buyer Tip - How many homes must you look at?

How many homes must one look at before deciding this is the one?

Although the inventory of home for sale in Brevard County, Florida is down, there are still plenty of them to look at out there.  Today there are 1,041 active listings for 3 bedroom 2 bath single family homes for sale in Brevard County!

The answer is - "It all depends."

It depends on...
  • Whether you have identified the real target area (if not the neighborhood at least a general area). 
  • Whether you have identified the real budget - not some pre-approved up to maximum amount but what you really are comfortable with spending. 
  • Whether the mandatory "must have" characteristics have been identified. 
  • Whether a home owner association is desired or not. 
  • Whether you have a time frame established (if it is a 30-60 day requirement then a short sale should not even be looked at!).
  • Whether you are willing you do some cosmetic repairs or want "move in" ready.
The above characteristics are not the only variables that will decide how quickly you will find "the one."   Each buyer has their own list and must be able to identify the criterion early on. 

Finally, the number of homes one must look at will be greatly influenced by this...
  • Whether your real estate agent understands the factors you consider most important and is familiar with the area you are wanting to purchase in. 
When buying a home choose a real estate agent who knows your target area and who will listen to your requirements.  Do not underestimate the importance of having a real estate agent who knows your area of interest.

When you are ready to buy a home in Viera, Suntree or Rockledge, Florida, call me.  I know the area!

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