You’re looking for Your First Home:   don’t get overwhelmed

Buying or selling a house is stressful, moreso if this is your first home. You are feeling overwhelmed by home buying whether yourself or with your loved one and you’re not alone. Figuring out your lifestyles, budgets and expectations can be difficult, but doesn’t have to be a negative experience. Turn home buying into an empowering experience that symbolizes your rock solid foundation with yourself and or partnership. Here are some great ways to get started and be proactive with your home purchase:

Find the Right Realtor.  An experienced realtor can navigate throughout the process and make it easier for you to make a decision and concentrate your preferred style neighborhood budget. Make sure you are comfortable with the agent and be candid and provide your wish list.

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Mortgage Pre Approval and Go Over All Closing Costs. Assemble all monies earmarked for your home purchase and get pre-qualified so you have a good understanding of your ability to purchase. Seeing a home that is out of reach of your budget only creates more stress.

Choose the Community for Your Budget. Kick off your homebuying search by exploring neighborhoods that fit your lifestyle and budget. Remember to look beyond what your mortgage and home insurance will cost. Utilities, car payments, student loans, food, furniture, credit card debt and any other fixed expenses should be factored into your budget. Don’t forget to add in costs for annual repairs, as well as just some fun money to actually enjoy your home.

Take a look at the neighborhoods that appeal to you, from how long your commute will be to the available recreation. Outdoor lovers and hiking enthusiasts or downtown nightlife, shopping schools train or bus lines or highway locations for commuting.

Right-Size Your Life Buying. Your first home is full of hope and excitement of the years to come. Soon you start thinking about how it could be your forever home and hold all of your dreams. Make your decision on your current life. An extra room for guests, a new baby or a home office can add the needed flexibility to your new home.

Make Maintenance FUN. Home maintenance, upkeep and ongoing chores are a must and they can be fun too. Be flexible with what you can tackle yourself or if a professional is needed. Having that painting party or pizza palooza yard clean up give a sense of pride and connection and your friends and relatives will love  to be a part of your joy.. Don’t let your home become unmaintained it will cost more in the long run. At the end of the day, you want your home to be a wonderful haven for you to come home to.

Whether buying or selling 2018 has and will continue to be a good year. Whether you are looking to buy your first home or thinking of a second home or needing more space  and bedrooms  Contact me with any questions need a market evaluation mortgage information give me a call Susan: Dedicated to Excellence Dedicated to You “  Your home -Your Realtor” 908-400-0778.

Susan Massa Broker Associate CRS SRES ABR 

Keller Williams Premier Properties 188 Elm St Westfield NJ 07090

488 Springfield Ave, Summit, NJ 07901

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For more information on these or other real estate matters, contact Susan Massa Broker CRS SRES ABR at 908-400-0778, email or