My 8 Secrets for Buying a Home in Northern Colorado
Buying a home can be confusing and often intimidating. You’re about to make a major financial commitment and likely a huge life change. It’s perfectly okay to find yourself outside of your comfort zone.
Over the years, I’ve helped hundreds of buyers navigate the home buying process. I’ve seen first-hand the challenges of taking on this new venture and picked up a quite a few tips. I’m giving you my insider’s home buying strategies (8 secrets for buying a home)so you can better understand the journey you’re about to take.
When the time comes to buy your dream home, you’ll be ready to make an offer confidently. I’ve created an exclusive 8-part series that will cover the ins and outs of the homebuying process. This 8-part series will feature little-known tips and strategies you can’t get anywhere else. Let’s get started with a rundown of each article in the series:
Go With the Flow of the Market
Buying a home in the Northern Colorado market requires an understanding of the seasonal shifts in market activity and the weekly flow of the market. It’s crucial to look at both the broader seasonal trends in the housing market and specific shifts throughout the week. Just like a surfer hitting the waves, timing and preparation is everything. This article will help you understand the weekly and yearly inventory cycles you should pay attention to.
What Not to Do Before Buying a Home
Did you know that something as seemingly harmless as changing jobs or buying a new car could hurt your chances of buying your dream home? When you’re buying a new home, the last thing you want to do is give your lender a reason to think twice about processing your mortgage loan. This article outlines the seven things you should avoid at all costs while buying a new home.
Red Flags to Avoid When Buying a Home
No home is perfect, but don’t let your excitement or desire for a home spur you to make any rash decisions or overlook serious red flags. Minor repairs and unfortunate paint colors can be easily fixed. But, more serious issues could make you end up regretting your purchase. It all depends on your budget and how much time you are willing to dedicate to fixing up a home. This article will advise you on what flaws you shouldn’t ignore and help you decide when to pull the plug or make an offer.
4 Little Known House Hunting Tips
By the time you start visiting listings, you’ve already gone through what seems like the hard part. You’ve determined your wants and needs, talked to lenders, and narrowed your search to a few neighborhoods. Now comes the fun part! You get to look at homes every weekend. But, in reality, it isn’t as glamorous as it looks on HGTV. You need to be strategic. I’ll tell you 4 little-known house hunting tips to give you an added edge.
The Answers to My Buyers’ Most Frequently Asked Questions
The questions swirling around in your mind are likely similar to questions I’ve helped previous clients solve. This article will answer the questions I get asked the most and some you might not have thought about yet!
Is the “Paradox of Choice” Derailing Your Home Search?
As a buyer, you might find yourself “wanting to see everything” in your price range or needing to look at “just one more” house or condo. Barry Schwartz’s book The Paradox of Choice is an excellent resource if you’re having trouble making a final decision. He explains how having too many choices increases your chance of making the wrong choice. I’ll apply this principle to the home buying process and show you how to overcome the “paradox of choice.”
How to Buy a Home Even if You Have Student Loan Debt
You’ll be surprised at how possible it is to buy a home despite having what feels like crushing amounts of student loan debt. “Can’t stop, won’t stop” is my motto. Don’t let student debt stand in your way when it comes to being a homeowner. There are ways to work with lenders and assistance programs to make your first home purchase a reality. This article will explore affordable options to fit your situation.
Why Buying a Home is Like Falling in Love | How to Find Your Dream Home
Buying a home is like finding a mate. You need to know your must-haves and your deal-breakers. It’s not always easy! Sometimes, you have to get your heart broken before getting serious about buying. All of your experiences make you stronger and wiser. Make the most out of your journey to finding (and buying!) a home you love.
Stay tuned each week to access full articles on these tried and true tips.
That’s it for my 8 secrets for buying a home! For additional advice and information, let’s get in touch! I’m happy to help you at any point in your home buying process.
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I'm Lauren Haug! I'm a teacher-turned-real estate agent, and I teach people how to build wealth through real estate in Northern Colorado.
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