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How to Start a Successful Home Search

A new home is a chance to bring fresh energy into your life. Searching for your next home can be an exciting journey, especially with the Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate app and website that combine the convenience of technology with professional insight into your desired neighborhood or community. Read on to find out how the home search process just got easier. 

Budget and paperwork 

The website and app will show you great homes within your budget, but first you need to determine your budget. A home is a major investment and budget is a concern that should be openly addressed. A financial advisor can help you see the numbers clearly and plan accordingly. Pick a realistic number and stick to it so your real estate agent can show you homes that fit within your budget. Do not miss out on the opportunity to own your dream home because you were declined for a mortgage loan. The best way to avoid this scenario is to get pre-approved once you have determined your budget.  

Wants and needs 

When starting your home search, prioritize your wants and needs. While pine herringbone floors or a designer patio can feel like an emotional need, the truth is life would be manageable without them. Kick off your search by choosing your desired property type, then move on to the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. You have a range of square footage and lot sizes at your fingertips. All you have to do is select the features that appeal the most to you. Decide what matters to you, and change your mind if needed. 

Taps and clicks  

Our latest technology can help with your successful home search. Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate has a mobile app to help you narrow your search and get easy access to local affiliated agents. This convenient experience allows you to find and save homes with the characteristics you want; search by the number of bedrooms, desired neighborhood and so much more, from anywhere in the world! To locate your dream home faster, a global positioning system allows you to draw a customized search area directly on the map, enabling you to explore homes as well as see traffic information as a means to preview your commute. To further narrow your options, you also have access to data on school districts and neighborhoods.  

Personal touch 

The app is a stellar way to personalize your home search. Not only do you have many homes at your fingertips, you have unlimited access to local affiliated agents. Armed with your preferences and budget, agents can jump into the home-buying process seamlessly when you are ready.  This saves you time and gives your new agent an opportunity to research listings before you even meet and deliver exactly what you want. You can even jump from device to device anywhere in the world.  

Plan to use the Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate app and website to make your house hunting journey a success.