The housing market can be a very confusing place. It’s filled to the brim with legal terms most of us have never heard of, let alone understand, and even just trying to rent a place of your own is getting more and more complicated. It can be a very stressful time, trying to move house, and that can really bog a lot of us down, and turn us away from finding the home of our dreams before we’ve even started.
But let’s face it, it doesn’t have to be such a confusing time of your life! You’ve got a lot of resources at hand, and you’ve got some great common sense in your head; now’s the time to put both to good use! Think about it for a second: there’s a lot of worry about whether or not you’re going to be able to afford a house, but when it comes down to it, you’ve got to be sure the house you’re going all out for is one that suits your needs and manages to make you happy. After all, if you do end up moving on out, you don’t want to be wasting that kind of money!
So with that idea on the tip of our tongues, here are just some of the things to keep in mind when you’re scanning through the various online real estate showcases, and when you’re looking through the estate agent’s window – hopefully, they’ll be able to help you out on your search.
If you’re going to be buying a house off of the housing market (renting aside for now), you need to know your stuff. You need to know the what and the how and the who, and that’s a lot of information to try and take in at once! And you’re going to need to trawl through a lot of different websites and talk to a lot of different people, and somehow end up more a lot more market knowledgeable than you were before. So in the interest of making the process of finding exactly what you’re looking for when it comes to the housing market a bit easier, let’s go through some of the best sources of information for your purposes.
You could use a property portal, direct, to go through what’s available currently, and scope out the different agents and sellers. It’s a nice kind of site to scroll through when you’re first thinking of buying off of the housing market, and it’s a good way to get yourself excited about the possibility. Next, make sure you hit the estate agent websites, to check through their policies and their fees before you make any decision about using any one of them.
And then make sure you’re using money advice websites to help you work out your budget and to get to know the kinds of fees and prices you’re facing on a general scope. These sites are made to collect together everything first-time buyers need to know, and the financial side of the housing market is probably what you are most worried about.
Next thing to work out is what kind of house you’d like to live in. You need to get to know your preferences for both external architecture and interior design – of course, the wallpaper and the carpets will be easy to change once you move in, but you need to like the internal structure as well, especially if you’re on a tight budget and don’t have the money necessary for renovations.
House styles can be very confusing, as well. A lot of them are similar, and cross categories, and there are also some styles out there you’ll be very hard pressed to try and find. For example, if you’re a fan of Tudor homes in England or Colonial homes in the US, you’re not going to be short of options. But if you fancy something that’s more of a split-level home or a modern and contemporary style home that’s out in the countryside, you’re going to be searching for a lot longer than anyone in the former categories.
So always work out the architecture and design preferences well beforehand, to keep your housing market expectations realistic, and to better get to know the average pricing and availability of these homes. You need a level head with such a hefty search!
Next up is working out whereabouts in the world you want to live, and more specifically, what kind of neighbourhood you fancy residing in. Maybe you like the inner city, maybe you prefer the tranquillity of suburbia – either way, getting to know the right kind of neighbourhood is going to pinpoint your search across the market, and make it a lot easier to work out a budget.
In general, you’re going to want somewhere that has some nearby common amenities, or foregoing that, plenty of room for you to expand with room for a garage and driveway for your main form of transportation. And if you are someone who wants to live a little out of the way, you’re going to want the right kind of space for a garden at your house as well, to grow your own foods and to even collect your own rainwater, to make sure you’ve always got some kind of supply in your general vicinity. Of course though, that does count as a completely different lifestyle altogether!
You want to climb it one day, after all! Maybe you’ve exclusively rented so far, maybe you’re still living with relatives, but one day, you’re going to be moving on up. So make sure you know what you’re getting into, where to go for the right information, and what you can do to try and make the search more preferable and personal. Now you just have to save up and work out your budget!