There's nothing quite like owning your own home. Creating a place that you can call your own can be a challenge with many ups and downs.
Gathering relevant information is your first step to home ownership.
How much can you afford? What kind of home are you looking for? You'll find all the information you need by consulting the right pit crew.
Any sports fan can tell you that having the right people on the team makes all the difference, it means the difference in winning a game or winning the championship.
Defining search parameters is like developing a great game plan, so know where your looking how to look and how to find what you are looking for are first steps. Almost 80% of all home searches today begin on the Internet. With just a few clicks of the mouse, home buyers can search through hundreds of online listings, view virtual tours, and sort through dozens of photographs.
Now that you're looking you're going to need a pit crew!
To Head up your pit crew you'll need a great Crew Chief, someone to make the whole operation go smoothly for you; in this case we're talking about the realtor. Picking someone you can trust to steer you away from those crashes in the left turns is invaluable. By crashes we're talking about the lemon houses, the bad deals, or even to point out the houses defects. Mostly they are there to get you into the home of your dreams, thus winning your own personal championship.
Your pit crew for buying a home consists of a few less members than a NASCAR TEAM, however, here's an idea of people to consider filling in the some of the positions of your house buying team.
A mortgage broker, or lender, to help you get the right mortgage for you is almost as important as finding the right house. These are the guys that change your tires and keep everyone in your car running smoothly, they help you figure out how much you can afford, what payment structure is right for you.
Next your home inspector or as I like to call him you're spotter. He's the guy that sees the accident up ahead and prepares you for it. Whether he's directing you away from debris in the corner or a leaky roof he's there to let you know about issues before the occur so you can make informed choices when it comes to the purchase of your home. Another member of pit crew is your jackman or your lawyer.
The Jackman in NASCAR is the guy who gets you out the door safely after raising the car so that the tires can be replaced he signals you to leave the pits. Your lawyer in your house buying pit crew does much the same thing, by making sure all claims to your house other than your are lifted before signing that dotted line, making your home your responsibility.
You will always be the driver on the house hunting team so keep it in mind that staffing yourself with the right team will make you the best driver you can be, and get you to where you want to be going FAST!