With housing prices and mortgage rates in many areas of the nation at an all-time low, there's never been a better time to find Spokane homes for sale at a reasonable price. But perhaps you're not sure where to start to find your dream home in Spokane, WA. Maybe you're new to the Spokane area or this is your first home purchase. Either way, there are some steps you can take to find your dream home among the many Spokane WA homes for sale. Use these ideas to simplify your search.
Write Down Your Dream Home Goals
Before viewing listings of Spokane homes for sale, create a goal sheet and write down specifics about your dream home. Everything from the style of home you'd prefer, to the yard layout and monthly payment amount should be noted. What type of neighborhood do you prefer? How many bedrooms and bathrooms will you need? Do you want a one-story, two-story or three-story home? Will you need a garage? Do you want a private, wooded lot, or do you prefer living close to neighbors? What is "too close for comfort" in your opinion?
When figuring a monthly payment to include on your goal sheet, be sure to consider the property taxes and homeowners insurance. These are often added to the monthly payment and are escrowed to the insurance company and local tax assessor's office. Also, consider what it will cost to maintain the home and lawn. If you're moving from a half-acre lot (which only required a push lawnmower) to a large 10-acre lot, then you must figure added expenses for yard work. You'll likely buy a riding mower or lawn tractor, and more time will be spent on yard work. Or if you prefer to hire someone for lawn care, you'll have to pay more for a larger yard.
Start with Online Spokane Home Searches
Use online search tools to find potential Spokane homes for sale as well as a Spokane realtor that can help you through the process of buying a home. With Web listings, you'll be able to view photos of Spokane real estate and compare pricing, features, neighborhoods, etc. Of course, you won't make your buying decision based solely on Web listings, but this can help you narrow your search to homes that meet your criteria. Use your goal sheet and advanced Internet searches to find Spokane homes for sale that meet all or at least most of your needs.
When you actually tour Spokane properties, you'll at least be viewing only those that could potentially be your dream home. No more wasting your time and fuel while chasing empty dreams!
Your Personal Inspection
Most home sales require a thorough inspection by a professional home inspector, but you can do your own inspection while touring the home. Ask your Spokane realtor if you can take time to look through the home, crawl space, attic, etc. Take notes as you view various areas of the home. Notice if there are foundational problems, moisture problems on the inside or outside or any noticeable rotting of the floors or walls. Look extra hard when viewing the kitchen and bathrooms, where moisture or mold problems occur most often.
Examine the closets, water heater, heating/air unit and even the ceiling fans. Turn the lights on and off in each room to check for potential electrical problems. Also, observe the roof and siding, and ask how long it's been since these have been replaced. If you notice items that need repair, use these as leverage when making your offer. You can possibly save thousands of dollars by mentioning items you'll have to fix. Sometimes the required home inspection will reveal items the seller must fix before you can buy the home at the asking price.
It's important to ask plenty of questions while touring Spokane homes for sale. Your Spokane realtor should be apt to help with your buying needs, and should personalize your buying experience as much as possible.
Never settle if you don't feel absolute peace about buying a certain home. After all, you'll be paying for it and will have to live with your decision for many years. Make the most of your Spokane real estate search using these tips as a guide!
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