Tips To Start Your Home Buying Journey

In today’s current South Lake Tahoe real estate climate, housing is a hot topic. Low inventory and rising prices seem to be dominating conversations, but the reality is that our inventory has slowly been inching up and prices are starting to level out. As a first time home buyer, it all can feel overwhelming so there are a few steps to get your South Lake Tahoe real estate search started. The first is to choose a qualified and experienced South Lake Tahoe realtor. We act as a guide, an advocate, an educator and matchmaker (for homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe). When you have professionalism and years of experience on your side, you can feel confident you will have a good experience.

Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search

This shows sellers and South Lake Tahoe realtors that you are serious about buying homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe. Get pre-approved before starting your search so you understand your budget and don’t waste time looking at homes that just won’t work.

Know the Difference Between Your ‘NEEDS’ and ‘WANTS

Do you really need a luxurious master suite with massive walk in closet and huge soaking tub overlooking the lake? Is that desire for an expansive gourmet kitchen necessary when you only cook twice a week? Narrow down what you need and know you will use vs. the items that are inspired from Pinterest or Houzz. Staying realistic helps you get into a home faster than waiting for that unicorn property within your budget to pop up.

Research and Choose the Neighborhoods You Like

Take into account things like area amenities, proximity to work, schools, local businesses to help you narrow down the areas in which you re looking for homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe. This will also narrow down your search, save time and stress. Of course, if your South Lake Tahoe neighborhood mentions a home that matches your criteria, price and is in a nearby neighborhood, be flexible. If it only adds a few extra minutes to your commute time, it may be worth the look.

Document Your Home Tours

When you start visiting open houses and schedule showings, the South Lake Tahoe homes for sale may start to feel like they are blurring together. Take note of each property you visit with address, amenities, pros and cons. This will keep all the South Lake Tahoe homes for sale organized so you know which ones you are talking about when communicating to your South Lake Tahoe realtor.

When it comes to buying South Lake Tahoe homes for sale, making sure you stay realistic, organized and prepared is a great way to get into that dream home for sale. Also make sure you are on the same page as your realtor. Clear communication is necessary for success. Have questions on our local real estate market, a home for sale or general information on getting started? Feel free to give me a call! I would be happy to help!

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