Buyer Resources

Red River Valley & Grand Forks First Time Home Buyers

Buying a home is exhilarating, but it can also be daunting. You don't have to navigate the real estate market alone, though! If you're a first-time home buyer, here are some tips that can guide you through the initial home search and into your new home.

Consider the Financials

Buying a home is an investment. Making wise financial decisions is crucial for a pleasant home buying experience. Start your home search by following these financial guidelines:

  • Use a mortgage calculator to get an idea of what your total monthly payments would be.
  • Calculate your total monthly housing costs, including taxes and homeowners insurance.
  • Find out how much you'll likely pay for closing costs.
  • Talk to a reputable Realtor about how the local real estate market is doing.
  • Consider the big picture, like unexpected costs for new appliances and home repairs.

Be Willing to Compromise

Your first home may not be your dream home. You may need to compromise on the features in your new home in order to fall within your price range or for other reasons.  

Before you begin your home search, make a list of your wants and your needs. Here are some questions that may help prioritize the home features you're looking for:

  • How close do you want to live to your office or family?
  • Do you prefer to live in the country or in town?
  • Are you trying to find nearby schools?
  • Are you willing to pay homeowner dues for community amenities like a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, and other recreational facilities?
  • Are you looking for a neighborhood with lots of younger families with small children?
  • Has the neighborhood you're interested in held its value?  

House-Hunt Efficiently

Eliminating homes you are not interested in from among the sea of online listings can feel like an endless chore. However, the right real estate agent can help you navigate through the available homes for sale to help you find your new home. 

Here are a few tips to help you narrow down your home search:

  • Bring your camera or smart phone to take pictures of the homes you've seen. 
  • List both positive and negative elements of each home. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothes when viewing local homes for sale.
  • Consider a babysitter if you have small children.
  • Limit your daily search to 4 houses.
  • Limit your search to homes that fit your budget. 

Talk It Out

Communication is absolutely essential when you're buying a home. Let your immediate family members and Realtor know what takes priority in your home search. Effective communication makes for an effective home buying process. It makes your overall home buying experience better, too. 

Looking for a Home in the Grand Forks, ND Area?

Discover the local treasures around the Grand Forks and Red River Valley area. If you're in the market for a home in this community, explore our other home buying resources or talk to our experienced real estate agents. We can work together to make your first home buying process a delight! 

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