A Great Fall Guide For First Time Home Buyers – North Shore Real Estate

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Great tips for first time and even seasoned buyers looking to get back into the process this fall 2016 season. Investing in due diligence can save time and money in the long and short term. sellers-buyers

The average age for first-time home buyers in the U.S. is around 33, a relatively young age for such a big life choice. That said, buying your first home at any age can be a stressful and time-consuming experience.

Luckily, there are a few crucial pointers that will help make the journey to home-ownership a less bumpy ride. Here are just a few tips to get you on your way:

Use an experienced Realtor who knows the area and the market.

Your realtor can make or break your home buying experience. If you know where you want to live, try and get a realtor referral. Fifty four percent of buyers found their agent from a personal referral or had used an agent they’d worked with before, according to 2016 figures from the National Association of Realtors. So start by asking friends, family or friends of friends who live in your area of interest for recommendations.

A good realtor has knowledge of the area — a great time saver — and more important is his or her ability to listen and execute what you are looking for.  A good realtor will be in your corner until the closing — and, in some cases, beyond.

Make a short list of your non-negotiables.

Before you start seriously shopping, consider your lifestyle and values. What features would enhance your well-being? And what would make you miserable? From there, make a list of non-negotiables,– from location, to square footage, to amenities — that you must have in your future home. This will also help guide your realtor.

There is nothing better than knowing exactly what you want, but it’s hard to find everything in one property. The best way to gauge your options is to visit open houses in the area and get acquainted with the local market. Visit apartments that are both above and below your budget to see how values differ with features and location.

Draw up a hard budget and stick to it.

Let’s say you’re interested in a home, but you’re not sure it’s in your price range. That’s a problem. Before you start browsing, it’s crucial that you iron out important questions such as, what is the most you can afford? What is your ideal price range? To help you get started, use an online mortgage calculator to determine the maximum monthly payment you can afford based on the price of the home after you put down a down payment and over a 30-year-mortgage.

“Make sure your monthly budget considers the total mortgage and maintenance costs of a property..

If you fall in love with a house but the monthly payment is more than you can afford, when including all your other fixed expenses, it’s time to move on.

You can also enlist the help of your bank’s loan officer to help you arrive at a figure. He or she will be able to tell you how much the bank will lend you and at what interest rate. While this figure doesn’t necessarily equal what you can afford to pay for a home, it will give you an idea of the most you are able to pay. More information and tips HERE

Gloria Matlin and team member Zack Matlin,  both experienced North Shore Realtors, and consummate real estate professionals; top performing service oriented resource. Look to her for guidance on these and similar high ranking real estate tips for the North Shore region of Chicago this fall 2016 season.

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Being a first-time home buyer is exciting! There is also a lot of information to take in and digest all at once. Being a Realtor, the most valuable education I have received has come from home inspectors. I am able to spot common repairs and issues when I am showing homes to my clients. Thanks to Home Depot, now you can have an edge when viewing properties as the consumer.

Take a moment to check out this guide for first-time home buyers:

http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/the-ultimate-first-time-homebuyers-guide/

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Top 4 Spring Prep Tips Before Listing: North Shore Real Estate

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Chicago North Shore real estate is well within the spring buying and selling season.  North Shore Realtors may often advise clients of four basic principles to get your home in top “list Springchecklistready” condition. Buyers and sellers alike are out right now (on-line and in-person) perusing real estate options on places like Zillow and Trulia. Using these tips can promote a competitive standing in the market and make buyers appreciate the thoughtful preparation by doing the following:

1. Clean and Organize. Eliminate any clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large pictures or photos, out-of-season clothes, non-used kitchen items, toys, and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or even the basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, flooring, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house sparkle. Having a garage sale may even be an option if time permits.

2. Go crazy on the curb appeal. Spring and summer mean getting out and enjoying the weather. It also means every detail of the outside of your home is far more noticeable.  Just put yourself in a potential buyers shoes and stand outside of your home. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly displayed? Is the address clearly visible from where you are? Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrances? Is the walkway free from debris and impediments?

3. Collect needed replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn out, out dated, or will need to be replaced soon, such your roof or carpeting? Get estimates on how much it would cost to replace those things, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and will be a helpful guide for both parties when negotiations begin.

4. Know where to find your warranties. Collect the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other appliances or equipment that will remain with the house after it’s sold.

 

Now for May 2015-The North Shore-Chicago  Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office located at 640 Vernon Ave in Glencoe, Illinois-60022; is home  to Gloria Matlin and partner Zack Matlin. The office has been a high performing real estate resource for the North Shore area for well over 40 years.  Stop in today to discover how this elite team can assist with home buying, home selling, home rentals, market action reports, or just to get info on Chicago’s North Shore communities and things to do/places to go!

Are you prepared for home ownership?-North Shore Real Estate

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This is a well crafted breakdown of what may be needed as a first time home owner on Chicago’s North Shore or anywhere.

Gloria Matlin is among the highest performing Realtors on the North Shore of Chicago. Producing client centered results for well over 25 years; she prides herself on making real estate dreams come true.

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There is so much more to consider when buying a home besides finding a good lender and realtor.  Have you prepared yourself for what exactly home ownership will cost you, outside of your monthly mortgage payment?  For most first time homebuyers the thought of home ownership is so exciting and this energy and excitement can sometimes put a glaze over your eyes that prevents you from seeing the “big” picture of home ownership.  When saving for that down payment (even if you are using down payment assistance) you should also be saving  for some out of pocket costs you will need for your new home, some expected and also the unexpected.  After being a home owner and working with many first time home buyers these are the items I feel are important to be prepared for, some you may already be familiar with but some I think get overlooked. 

Bills to be prepared for:

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