Friday, May 18, 2012

Before You Buy Your First Evanston Home - Tips for a First-time Home Buyer

It's not uncommon for a first-timehome buyer to say to me, "Gosh, just last week I called you about buying an Evanston home and now I'm in escrow! How did this happen so fast?"
The answer is it didn't. First-time home buyers start the search long before most even realize it.
Here's what you can expect from your home shopping experience.

Benefits for a First-Time Home Buyer
You should buy an Evanston home. That's what you've been hearing from friends and family, right? So, by now you have likely already weighed the benefits and decided that Evanston home ownership was the best decision for you. That's a major hurdle now passed. You are focused and certain. Good.

Defining Search Parameters for a First-Time Evanston Home Buyer
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 and aerial shots of neighborhoods and homes. You've probably defined your goals and have a pretty good idea of the type of home and neighborhood you want. By the time you reach The Thomas Team realestate agent's office, you are halfway to home ownership.

How Long Should It Take to Buy Your Evanston First Home?
In sellers’ markets, often we show only one home. After all, how many homes does one family need?  A few buyers will look for years, but buyers who do that aren't motivated. A motivated buyer will find a home within two weeks. Most of our buyers find a home within two days.

Good Evanston real estate agents will listen to your wants and needs and arrange to show only those homes that fit your particular parameters. Your ThomasTeam agent should preview homes before showing them to you as well.

How Many Homes Will a Home Buyer See?
Studies show that your memory dramatically improves after consumption of carbs and slows upon consuming sugar. So, lay off the soft drinks and have a hearty meal of carbs before venturing out to tour homes. The average number of homes that we at the ThomasTeam show to a buyer in one day is five. Any more than that, and the brain is on overload. Therefore, don't expect to see 20 or 30 homes; although it's physically possible to do so, you probably will not remember specific details about any of them.

The "Red Shoes" Experience for an Evanston Home Buyer
Women will relate to this. Say, you need a new pair of red shoes. You go to the mall. At the first shoe store, you find a fabulous pair of red shoes. You try them on. They fit perfectly. They are glamorous. Priced right, too. Do you buy them? Of course not! You go to every other store in the mall trying on red shoes until you are ready to drop from exhaustion. Then you return to the first store and buy those red shoes. Do not shop for an Evanston home this way. When you find the perfect home, buy it.

How a First-Time Home Buyer Can Rate Inventory
·   Bring a digital camera and begin each series of photos with a close-up of the house number to identify where each group of home photos start and end.
·   Take copious notes of unusual features, colors and design elements.
·   Pay attention to the home's surroundings. What is next door? Do 2-story homes tower over your single story?
·   Do you like the location? Is it near a park or a power plant?
·   Immediately after leaving, rate each home on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest.

View Top Choices a Second Time Before Buying That First Home
After touring homes for a few days, you will probably instinctively know which one or two homes you would like to buy. Ask the Thomas Team to see them again. You will see them with different eyes and notice elements that were overlooked the first go-around.

At this point, your Thomas Team agent will call the listing agents to find out more about the sellers' motivation and to double-check that an offer hasn't come in, making sure these homes are still available to purchase.

Making the Selection To Buy an Evanston Home
I'll let you in on a little secret. We generally know which home a buyer is going to choose, and I suspect most other agents operate the same way. It's an intuition. But we at the ThomasTeam make it a practice not to steer buyers, and we insist that buyers choose the home without interference from us. It's not our choice to make.

Real estate agents are required, however, to point out defects and should help buyers feel confident that the home selected meets the buyer's search parameters. 

If you have any questions about buying your first Evanston Home,  please let us know.  We’re here to help in any way we can and would enjoy the opportunity to help you make Evanston your new home!
We look forward to hearing from you!

The Thomas Team
Chicago's #1 Real Estate Brokerage

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