Get a Head Start on the Busy Spring Market

Ah, the excitement of Spring in New Hampshire! As the snow begins to melt and the days grow longer, the real estate market comes alive with eager buyers searching for their dream homes. The Spring market in NH, starts as early as late February or March, but there are already homes coming on the market and you could be the savvy early bird that catches the worm!

Here’s how to seize the chance to find your perfect home before the masses even realize the hunt has begun:

Get Your Finances and Budget In Order

  • Completely analyze your finances and collect any necessary documents.  Your lender will need to look over your W2′s or 1099′s, bank statements, proof of current income, copies of tax returns, and brokerage account statements.
  • Don’t do anything now that could damage your credit score. Postpone making any big purchases like a car or rack up a slew of credit card debt.
  • Make sure you keep saving money and curtail your spending so you have enough for a down payment, closing costs, and more.

Get Pre-Approved for a Loan

You must get pre-approved BEFORE you get too far into looking at homes (Don’t mix this up with pre-qualified!).

Sellers like to work with buyers who are already pre-approved for a loan. It means you’re a serious buyer and are able to make a purchase.

Once you’re pre-approved for a loan by a lender, you will know:

  • how much house you can afford,
  • what your down payment requirements are and
  •  what your monthly mortgage payments could be as well as expected closing costs.

To get this done, meet with a mortgage lender who can get you up to speed on different loan products and their requirements (such as credit score and down payment), and also give you an overview of current interest rates and their future outlook.

The better your financial picture, the better the rate and loan … it’s that simple. However, most people are approved for more than they want to spend every month, so be sure to understand the correlation between your price point and your monthly payment. 

Tell your lender that you are interested in understanding what price range to be looking in based on the monthly payments you feel comfortable with.

Explore and Window Shop

Before buying a home you need to understand your needs and wants. Take these steps to help you learn what you like and don’t like so you’re all set (and confident!) when it comes time for serious house hunting and the rush of putting in an offer.

  1. Really think hard about your day-to-day life and what you want and need in your next home. It helps to make a list of your must-haves (i.e., three bedrooms or a master suite) and your deal breakers (i.e., no eat-in kitchen or no parking space). What do you wish you could change about your current house? What about it do you love?
  2.  Get to know the neighborhoods in which you are considering buying. Go there for your normal activities such as coffee with friends or grocery shopping. Try some local restaurants and see what it’s like there at night. You should even take your kids to the different playgrounds. Your agent can also give you guidance on other neighborhoods that are more affordable but have the same feel and amenities that you are looking for.
  3. Starting casually visiting open houses to get a sense of pricing for the space, location and features of homes. Think of this as window shopping, but leave the wallet at home! This will help educate you about the local market and how you much of your “wants and needs” are realistic within your budget. View homes for sale also online to further get a sense of what you like and don’t like, locations, and what’s in your budget.

Its the Final Countdown

Before you get swept up into the house hunting process, it’s time to stop and ask yourself some serious questions.

Hopefully, you understand your personal needs and budget at this point but it’s good to go through some self-reflection to make sure if moving forward on a home is right for you at this time.

Is your lifestyle ready for a move? Do you plan to be in the area for at least another five years? Is your job stable and income consistent? Do you have any life events happening soon that may affect where you’ll want to live?

It doesn’t hurt to put some feelers out and then realize that you might need to wait another year or so before you are comfortable or ready to put down roots.  That’s okay to have your own time table, and your agent will understand.

When Youre Ready!

If you know you want to buy a home this year, let’s get started before other buyers are out there making offers.  Reach out to me so we can make a plan.  Especially if you need to also sell a home, it’s important we time everything perfectly so you don’t end up with two homes – or no homes.  It’s never too early to start the planning process, and I’m ready when you are.  Email me to get started.

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I'm Danielle and I love helping people in NH, easily and affordably 'right'size' from home that no longer meet their needs to homes that better fit their current needs and lifestyles.

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