Before you tour homes, you need to qualify for a loan with a lending institution. A real estate agent will need to know your budget to help narrow down your choices. Some people think that their budget will be the amount that they are currently paying for rent. However, after speaking with a lending agent, they may find out that it is less than or more than they had expected. With this in mind, find out what your budget is and then talk to an experienced real estate agent about town and country houses in wickford.
Though you may have a high spending limit, you may not be comfortable with high payments. Thus, you can tell your agent where, within your budget, that you feel comfortable. By doing this, your agent will be able to narrow down your choices further. However, if your budget will not move you into the best house in your ideal location, it is time to think about purchasing a fixer upper.
A home that requires cosmetic and other fixes often features a greatly reduced price. The lower price may be significant enough to move you into your ideal neighborhood. However, you will need to make repairs or take care of cosmetic problems. So, you will still have to keep your budget in mind if the repairs must be done right away. Further, some repairs will cost a significant amount of money. Those repairs include, but are not limited to, plumbing issues and installing a new roof. If the home only needs cosmetic work, you can do that over time. For example, the home may need new flooring, paint and an updated kitchen and bathroom. Thus, if the location is right and the bones of the house are good, it is a smart investment.
When you speak with your agent, you will go over your budget, the location you want to live in and if you will consider a fixer upper. Once all the information has been compiled by your agent, he will get busy and produce a tour list. As you tour, you can ask question and determine which home is the best fit for you and your family.