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Tips for First-time Home Buyers


Buying a home in St. George Utah for the first time can be completely overwhelming, and many times, once you get to the shopping part, it all happens faster than anticipated. Once you get to this point, half of the work is already done, so it may seem as though it’s gone fast, but in reality you’ve already done the necessary steps to get here.


These tips will help make your shopping experience enjoyable, while still finding the perfect Southern Utah home for you.

Why are You Buying a Home in St. George Utah?

Once you are ready to start looking at homes, you’ve probably already determined why you are buying a home in St. George Utah. If you haven’t already, determine the benefits of buying now and really decide if it’s right for you. You don’t want to waste your time looking at homes, falling in love with the perfect home, if you’re not sure it’s what you want.

Get Pre-Approved

There is nothing like seeing home-buyers fall in love with the perfect home, only to realize they can’t afford their dream home. Getting pre-qualified is going to make your life and shopping experience much easier. Meet with your lender, or have us get you in contact with one, to determine how much you can afford. You will be able to determine what you qualify for and focus your time and energy and what you can actually get into. In some cases, it ends up being more than expected as well. Being pre-qualified will also allow you to make the move right away when the right home comes along.

Define Search Criteria

At this point, you probably already know what you are looking for in a home. If you haven’t done this, specify exactly what you are looking for in a home using our search portal HERE. You will be able to see how you can narrow your search to find the home that best suits you. You’ll be able to view all of the current listings available in Southern Utah with just the click of a button. Best of all, you can save your search, mark your favorites, and request a showing with one of our experienced real estate agents. 

How Long Will it Take?

 Motivated and ready to act buyers typically find a home within two weeks. However, it is very possible to find your home in a matter of days. Our experienced and knowledgeable real estate agents will understand your needs and only show you homes we feel fit your criteria.

How Many Homes Will You See?

When out looking for homes, you may think it’s best to see as much as possible. However, that’s not always the best way to find the right home. We suggest seeing about 7-10 homes in one day. Once you start seeing more, all the details will start to blend together. Your brain won’t be able to distinguish one from the others, and you’ll end up just choosing based on memory.

Evaluate Each Home

With each home, bring some sort of evaluation checklist or note taking system. Use the same for each home you see to compare accurately. Take notes on the unique features and designs in each home. Bring a digital camera to take pictures of the home and features. Start by taking a picture of the house number to avoid any confusion when reviewing. At the end of the viewing, rate the home on a scale from 1 to 10.

View Top Choices a Second Time

Once you’ve toured all the homes you wanted, you’ll have a couple in mind that you would actually consider buying. If you have the time, ask to see the homes again. You’ll be able to see the home in a different light and notice things you may have overlooked before.

During this time, your agent has probably already determined the factors that would go into purchasing the home, like the seller’s motivation, any pending offers, any changes, etc.

Be Prepared for Competition

If you’ve found the perfect home, be prepared for others to find the same qualities and features as attractive as you do. Being prepared with a pre-approval, the search criteria defined, and an experienced agent will help you beat the competition as much as possible.





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