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A Quick Guide to Buying Your First House

Buying your first house is a really big deal! You’ve never done anything like this before, and it’s important to get right. It may seem like there’s a lot to understand, which is why we’re going to help you by breaking it down into a quick guide. This is really all you need to know.

Buying Your First Home in Contra Costa

Know what to expect before you shop

It’s all about preparation! Ask your real estate agent to walk you through a real estate contract and explain all the terms and what may be negotiated. Discuss the risks of making specific concessions, how long it should take, and what is a red flag. Before actually touring any houses, the emotion is lowest and logic is highest so now is the time to learn all the important logistics.

Understand wants vs. needs

Sometimes first-time buyers expect homes to look perfect. As you begin looking for homes, it is time to distinguish between the features you absolutely need and the amenities that would be nice to have. You should be firm on your needs and flexible on your wants. Remember, you can repaint or replace carpet but you probably won’t be able to add an extra bathroom on your first home.

Stick to your price range

In a hot real estate market like this, you may have to offer above the listing price to compete, but make sure that price is still within your budget. Look beyond “winning” the bidding war to the years you’ll spend repaying the mortgage.

Don’t let your emotions takes control

It’s totally understandable to be emotional about the culmination of many years of hard work and saving. Anxiety can lead you to rush into bad decisions or get so overwhelmed you make no decisions at all. A common first-time home buyer mistake is looking at too many potential houses. This leads to frustration and exhaustion, and some buyers make a decision just to get the process over with. Don’t do this!

The Frazzano Tse Team is the Real Estate Agents for You

Buying your first home doesn’t have to be overwhelming and scary! Those in Contra Costa and the rest of Alameda Counties can choose the Frazzano Tse Team for help purchasing their first house. There’s a reason we buy and sell more houses than anyone else; we’re the best at what we do! In fact. we have been ranked #1 in total sales volume for the entire MLS in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties since 2009. When you want to buy your first home and you want a pleasant experience buying it, you want the Frazzano Tse Team. Your dream home is waiting for you, and we can’t wait to help you find it!

The local real estate market is hot right now! Waiting even a few more days may mean your favorite home is off the market. Contact us right away and we’ll get to work.