The Home Search
You decided to search for a first home, well you have come to the right place! We help buyers find and close on homes, and we offer all buyers who work with us a buyer’s rebate: your first month’s mortgage (principal & interest) payment paid for by BDRE at closing!
At Bird Dog Real Estate (BDRE), we have access to all homes currently on the market. On our website, we provide you with a great home search tool and this tool allows you to schedule showings.
BDRE agents can also set you up directly in the MLS system (the database agents use to search for homes). Provide us with your search criteria, and you will receive matches right in your inbox.
All BDRE agents don’t care if it takes seeing one home or a hundred homes, as long as we help you find the right home at the right price!Put the Bird Dog to work for you!
Home Search: Steps
Starting your home search? Here are some steps recommended by BDRE agents:
First Step: Location
Your first step is to decide where you would like to live. You will research and narrow down cities and towns that would be a good fit for you and your lifestyle. If you change your mind as your search progresses, BDRE agents can change the cities and towns to meet your new criteria.
Second Step: Price
This step is really enhanced if you have met with a lender and have a pre-approval in hand. As a buyer, a pre-approval for your mortgage will give you a good idea of the price range in which you should be looking for a home. The worst thing that can happen is that you find a house that you really like only to find out that you don’t qualify for the financing to buy it.
In this market a pre-approval letter is required for most submitted offers, as the seller wants to make sure you can really purchase the property before accepting your offer.
Need another reason to meet with a lender? Getting pre-approved is free! Call your local banks today.
Third Step: Wish List
You should think about what you want in your new home. You should consider number of bedrooms, baths, size of living area, yard, etc. The tighter and the more parameters you have, the fewer homes that will appear on the search — but they may lead you to the exact home you were looking for. These parameters can change as the search progresses, and you can really fine tune the search to your wants and needs as we get out there and start seeing homes.
One of the better MLS search features is that the homes that match your search parameters are e-mailed directly to you, so you won’t miss any home that fits your criteria! Also, any property that has a price change and now falls into your price range (with your other search criteria) will be e-mailed right to you.
Fourth Step: Showings
You start to pick homes that you would like to see, and your BDRE agent will coordinate the visits with the listing agent. Let us know the day/times that work best for you, and we will do the work to set the showings up. You will always have a BDRE agent with you at the showings. Your agent will go through each home with you to see if it looks as good as the description and photos that you saw. We will also help point out important details of the home that will be helpful to you. Our agents have trained eyes for detail and will do our best to help educate you on the homes we see. We will continue to view homes with you until you find the property that will be your new home.
Fifth Step: Offers
You found the home that is the right fit! Together, we will run through all the pricing options using the most current sales stats and numbers. This will outline a pricing plan that will work for you, and we will submit a competitive offer. Please see our offer section for a more detailed breakdown of the offer process.
This is a just quick breakdown of the steps to start your home search, and it is only a starting point. As we get out there and start looking at homes, condos, multi-families, etc., your search parameters may change, and what you are looking for in a home may be entirely different that what you first thought! But don’t worry — as things change, your Bird Dog agent will adapt the search to fit your new needs and wants. We will find you the right home at the right price.
Always remember the Bird Dog is not here to sell you a home, we are here to help you find the right home for the right price!
Put the Bird Dog to work for you!