It can be tough to be a buyer in Colorado’s housing market, with high home prices and a limited enough market that even fixer-uppers can snag a ton of offers. Still, that’s no reason to be discouraged if you prepare in advance and find the right realtor to help you with the experience. If you’re just starting the hunt yourself, here are a few tips that can make finding a house in Colorado easier.
Start preparing early
It can potentially take a lot of time to fix credit problems that might stop you from being able to get a home loan. Even if you’re not quite ready to start looking for a home, make sure your credit is good enough that the process will run smoothly when it does happen. In addition, get a sense of how much money you’ll need and what kind of home loan is right for you.
Find the right realtor
Having the right realtor by your side can sometimes mean the difference between finding the right home and staying permanently disappointed. Find a realtor with plenty of knowledge and experience in the local market, who can answer any questions you might have and steer you away from potential disasters. It’s also important to make sure realtor is optimistic enough that their attention doesn’t flag even when things get tough.
Decide what’s really important
It’s impossible to find a perfect house, but there are some features that are more important than others. Determine in advance what you absolutely can’t do without in a new home – a backyard, for example, or the number of rooms – and keep that firmly in mind. With anything else, however, it pays to be more flexible. As long as it can be fixed without too much additional cost, it might be worth it to buy the home anyway.
Keep a cool head
When you get in a bidding war for a house, it’s easy to find yourself agreeing to a higher price than you were planning on spending. Talk to your lender in advance to find the maximum monthly payment you’re comfortable with, and what that translates to as the maximum price you’re willing to pay for a home. Stick with it, no matter what.
In addition, don’t put in an offer for a house at all unless you’re comfortable with it and have done the necessary research. Even if you’ve had a difficult time with previous offers, the last thing you want is to successfully get a house you don’t really want. If you’re not sure, consult with your realtor on whether or not making an offer is a good idea.