Finding that first home can be one of the most important, and life changing moments. So being sure to make the best decisions to find that perfect place can be a toughie.

Luckily for you, we are here to offer you with some top tips to follow when shopping for the PERFECT Florida home! 

1. Make Sure To Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before Home Searching 

One way to show that you are ready to buy your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage. Whether you're in a competitive market or not, this will help you understand the budget you qualify for before beginning your home search. Knowing your budget will even give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is something within your reach.

Knowing your budget will reassure you exactly where to look and to narrow your house search down so that you are not left loving a home which is outside of your budget!

2. Always Know The Difference Between Your ‘Must Haves’ And ‘Would Like To Haves’

Think about the things you don't really need... for example, do you really need that cool and customized sink in the kitchen to be happy with your home choice? Would a three-car garage be something you can live without? Could your game room or man cave be something you work on in the future when the time is right? 

Before you start your home search, make a list of all the features of a home you would like it to have and then place them as ‘must haves’, ‘really need’, or ‘necessities’ items. This will help keep your mind on what really is important! 

3. Choose The Perfect Neighborhood You Want Your Home To Be

Every neighborhood is unique in its own way, but before committing to the home itself, look around and make sure its in the perfect location. Make sure your "perfect" home is in a neighborhood you can relate to and see yourself living in. Committing to a home also means committing to its surroundings! 

4. Don't Be Indecisive! Pick A Style You Love And Stick To It

Talk to your partner, family, or whomever you're planning the move with, and settle on a style which meets the needs of everyone! Narrowing it down to the area or zip code doesn't mean you are forced to see every home in that area or zip code... that would be crazy! 

5. Document Everything You See

Once you start touring many homes, everything starts looking the same! It's not just you... this happens to everyone who spends hours looking at homes. So try keeping your camera app open and take quick shots here and there to go over them later. Try deciding what you don't like and absolutely love from taking a few pictures and reviewing them when making a decision.

Bottom Line

Whether it is competitive or not, we hope these simple tips will help you in finding the PERFECT Florida home! If you're ready to begin this house hunting journey, give us a call and we will be by your side every step of the way!

SRN Real Estate Pros

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