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House-Hunting Tips

1. Make a list of your wants and needs in a new home, and make it detailed. Then, place them in order of highest priority—what you really must have as opposed to what you would just like to have. Be prepared to compromise—buyers do not always find their perfect dream house, but can come pretty close. Over time, by adding new things here and there, it can end up perfect!
   
2. Location, Location, Location. You've heard this a million times, I'm sure, but it's true. However, a good location means different things to different people. How far is the home from your place of employment, from shopping centers, from public transportation? How are the schools? Is the location quiet? There are so many things to consider; one location may be fine for some people, but not for you. Also, keep in mind whether the home is in a good location for resale.
   
3. Get approved for a mortgage. You will know exactly what you can afford, and then you can decide how much you are willing to spend for your new home. When you do make an offer, you will need a copy of this pre-approval to give to the selling agent.
   
4. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring bottled water and a snack with you! There is nothing worse than being uncomfortable and starving when looking for your home (especially if you are looking with children)!
   
5. Take notes. After a while, you may get confused about which house had what amenities. Take whatever brochures they offer on the home and take additional notes on whatever interests you or concerns you about the house so that you can refer to it later.
   
6. Try to look past decorating disasters and focus on the qualities of the house itself. I know this is difficult, especially looking at an orange shag carpet and metallic wallpaper, but do try. Many wonderful homes are overlooked for this reason. Remember, a little paint can do wonders!
   
7. Relax and enjoy yourself! Although buying a home is stressful, try to keep your sense of humor and really have fun looking. Good luck!

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