Most buyers who start the process of looking for a home begin the journey filled with excitement and a bit of trepidation. When purchasing a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make, it’s our goal to ensure the process is the most pleasant and stress-free experience possible.
For more than 50 years, Barker Realty’s commitment and dedication to our unique Santa Fe community and its people have been deep and unwavering. Due to the caliber of brokers and the marketing and technology platforms supporting them, our brokers on average produce higher sales and offer a combined 900 years of experience. We provide ongoing training for all of our brokers, including a mentoring program for our newest brokers to ensure the highest level of service for our clients.
Before you can seriously consider purchasing a home, it’s important to know exactly how much you are able to afford. Having a pre-qualification letter from a lender can also position you better against other offers when competing in a fast market.
Always Think Resale
In the U.S., the average length of ownership is 5 to 7 years. A likely eventual resale is important to keep in mind when looking for your next home. For instance, homes backing up to a busy street tend to sell for less and take longer to sell than other homes in the neighborhood.
Aesthetics Can Be Changed
Flooring, light fixtures, plumbing, paint colors and wallpaper are all fairly inexpensive modifications. Don’t let an unusual paint color scare you away from your potential dream home. Think of how much fun it will be to make a home yours!
Too often we see home buyers fall in love with a property, wait a few days to make a decision because they are nervous, only to see another buyer step in and buy it. If it feels like home, be prepared to write an offer!
To determine the best price to offer, look at recent sales of similar homes. We can help you with a Buyer’s Market Analysis to compare properties sold in the last few months to the one you are considering. Specifically, you’ll want to compare prices of homes that are located in the same general area and similar in square footage, garage spaces, number of bedrooms and baths, lot size, etc.
Buying a home is one of the largest purchases and most important decisions you will ever make. It will require making financial decisions, understanding complex issues, and completing a mountain of paperwork. It’s hard to argue with all of the quality traits experienced real estate brokers bring to the table to assist their clients: immediate access to listings, savvy negotiating skills, a rich understanding of the local market, in-depth advice for home buyers on how to navigate the entire process, recommendations for professionals, and paperwork management.