How to Find the Perfect Home for You and Your Budget Series


Taking that first step to buying a new home can be scary and daunting. You may think, “Can I really afford a home that I’ll love and that will meet my needs in this market?”

It can be done. And I can show you how!

In my series, How to Find the Perfect Home for You and Your Budget, you’ll learn how to incorporate my strategies with your own to find a home that is the right fit for your lifestyle, needs … and your budget.

You’ll know what to do every single step of the way and avoid having that dreaded buyer’s remorse.  

Here’s a weekly run-down of our “perfect home”-buying formula:

Week 1 — 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Step Foot in an Open House

Before you do anything else, you mustevaluate your wants and needs for a home. It’s time to brainstorm and figure out what’s “under your hood” when it comes to what is best for you and your family. This will be the very first, but most important, step on your home-buying journey. Your answers will set you on the right path and help guide you in this market!

Week 2— Are You a “House” or a “Location” Person?

It’s time for some more self-evaluation and to determine what’s most important to you in your daily life at home. Usually, people tend to lean toward one or the other — being a “house person” or “location person.” The reason we ask this is that it’s rare for any buyer to find their dream home in their dream location within their budget. That’s why you need to figure out what’s more important to YOU and where you’re willing to compromise.

Week 3 – The 3 Steps Most Buyers Skip When Buying a Home

There’s a very specific formula I use with clients to make sure they end up with the house that best fits their needs and budget.  It requires some patience to make sure things are done right. This is the biggest financial decision of your life, and it should be done slowly, steadily and with precision.  This article will go over the 3 steps you need to take that can lead you to the right home for you budget.  

Week 4 – Putting It All Together

These three factors – budget, location, and your criteria for a home — are intertwined and play a key role in finding the “perfect” home for you. This article explains how these three factors influence each other in your search for a home; and how you “put it all together” is essentially your roadmap for house hunting. Going through this process and understanding how they’re linked will help you make the right decision on a home.

Week 5 – What You Need to Know About Buying for Schools

Kids or no kids, living in a neighborhood with excellent schools can be beneficial to homeowners. For those of you with school-aged kids, “moving for schools” will most likely dictate the location of you next home. But, remember that fair housing laws prevent your real estate agent from offering any opinions on the quality of the schools or school districts.  This article is a great starting point on how you can best search for a home if a school district is your #1 priority.

Week 6 – “As Is” Home – Deal or No Deal?

Sometimes buying a home “as is” can get you a better price in the neighborhood you love.  You will most likely need to do work to the home. You want to pay attention to why the home is being sold “as is.” Remember that the seller has no intention to do any repairs before selling it. This article will discuss the steps you should take if you plan to make an offer on an “as is” home, and how to determine if it’s the right deal for you.

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I'm Stephanie Eiden and I love helping first time home buyers make their first home more affordable and I love helping sellers looking to move up to their forever home. Let me know how I can help you make your real estate dreams come true. 

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