For Buyers

It’s Ok to Dream

When you are starting out,  trying to find a house that is perfect for you and your family, it’s a good idea to prepare a list of all your wants, and don’t-wants. Yes, an open mind is helpful when shopping for a house, but you don’t need to compromise on the things you truly care about. Prioritize your top 5 “must-have” qualities in a home, your top 5 “like to have” qualities, and you top 5 “we absolutely don’t want” qualities, and take the list with you when you go house shopping. You will be able to quickly eliminate homes that don’t fit your needs and wants, and also be able to spot the homes that deserve some greater attention. Your agent can help advise you about the different waterbodies and towns to help you narrow down the search. Make sure to work with a Waterfront Specialist. There are complicated issues that relate specifically to waterfront properties, you will want to work with someone you can answer your questions or provide you with a trusted professional when necessary. 

Finances, Finances, Finances

When you are buying a lake home, you may be thinking “location, location, location” or “granite countertops", but before you can start having fun shopping around, you have to do a little work to get yourself ready financially. Begin your home-buying process by contacting your banker(or call us for a list of local mortgage professionals) to get a bank pre-approval. When you make an offer on your dream home  the first question the seller will ask is "are they qualified to buy my home"? If you are competing with other Buyers (which is very common) your offer may be eliminated if you do not provide proof of financial ability.

Picture Yourself Living the Lifestyle of your Dreams

Before you buy a home, you may do a lot of daydreaming about what life there will be like, relaxing by the pool or enjoying a book by the wood-burning fireplace or on the beach. What kind of boat will I get to take the kids water-skiing?  Will I use the home for all seasons?  I can't wait to start making memories.  Remember this dream while you search because the process can take a while and you may start to get discouraged.  Don't worry though, we work with Buyers and will reach out across a large area to find you the home you have been dreaming about at a price you can afford.  We have helped Buyers find homes from $200,000 to $3 million dollars.  There is a property for every budget and every dream.  

Make a Moving Checklist

You’ve found the perfect house, now it’s time to move in and make it a Dream Home. Make the process as stress-free and organized as possible by starting early and keeping close tabs on the details. A simple search online for “moving checklist” will arm you with all the information you’ll need, and even advice on how to pack efficiently.


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