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Fall House Hunting Tips

Fall in New EnglandPelletier Realty Group believes that buying a home should be pleasant, professional, and hospitable. Communication and preparation are key to helping you find your perfect home in Southern New Hampshire. Here are some fall house hunting tips to remember as you begin your search for your piece of paradise in this exceptional region of New England. 

Get Pre-approved: Speaking with lenders and getting pre-approved before house hunting is imperative. You will be taken seriously by the real estate community knowing you can afford the houses you are looking at. The mortgage company will be looking for a stable income and your DTI ratio. It is important not to finance large purchases, open new lines of credit or switch careers at this stage of the game, as each can affect the process significantly. When you are pre-approved you will receive a letter from the lender. This letter lets you know how much you can truly afford and start shopping with confidence. 

Work with a Buyer’s Agent: A Pelletier Realty Group buyer’s agent will be working in your interest to help you find your perfect home in Southern New Hampshire. A qualified buyer’s agent will show you the homes that match the criteria outlined on your need vs. want list, submit a formal offer on your behalf and negotiate for the best price on your behalf. They will guide you every step of the way and make the real estate transaction easy and hospitable. 

Look to the Future, Remember the Past: Your buyer’s agent will recommend you draft a wants vs. needs list. The list helps to narrow down homes that fit your criteria. It will also help prevent making emotional decisions and allow you and your agent to act quickly when the perfect home comes to market. When assembling your list consider the things you love about your current living situation and things you would love for the future. 

Keep your Cards Close: Good manners cost nothing, but bad manners will cost you in the end. While sellers are strongly discouraged from being present during showings, modern technology is always on alert. Video doorbells can record conversations 30 seconds before you even reach the front door, and will continue to record as you exit the home. Make note of things you love and things you do not love. Simply hold your tongue and wait. Have conversations on neutral ground when discussing the home. You don’t want to tip your hand and sacrifice negotiating power. 

Speed Dating a House: Assembling a list of questions to speed date a house is relatively straightforward. The answers will help provide insight into your negotiating strategy. Your buyer’s agent will be asking many questions on your behalf. 

Speed Dating a House questions include: 

  1. How long has the house been on the market? 
  2. How long have the owners lived here? 
  3. Have there been any recent major renovations? 
  4. Have the seller’s already found a new home? 

Pelletier Realty Group invites you to explore homes in the Southern New Hampshire communities we represent. We look forward to helping you find the perfect home in our tranquil New England paradise. Contact us today!

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