Beginning the Process of Buying a Home

Organization is the key to finding the home you want while spending the least amount of time and energy.

Find out how much house you can afford.  It's a good idea to do this before you go house-hunting.  I can refer you to a loan officer who can assist youwith determining how much of a down payment you can afford, along with a monthly payment you can handle.

Make a list of everything you want in a home.  Is a master suite important? What type of kitchen are you looking for? How many bathrooms? What about closet space? Do you need a yard for the kids and/or pets to play in?  How about a fireplace or desired type of home heating? Do you prefer a rambler or a mulitple-story house?  Are schools or access to Mount Bachelor, Deschutes River, Drake park or Downtown Bend important?

Separate the essentials from the items you could do without and put them on the "A" list. Prioritize the rest of the items into a second and third list.  We will then go over the lists so that I am very clear on what you need and what you want.

Keep good notes as we look at homes.  After a while, it becomes difficult to remember which features belong to which home. I can provide you wiht a form and a rating system to help you compare homes.

When selecting a home, look beyond cosmetics. Make sure the home is in good physical condition and that you understand the cost of repairs.

Look at additional home, even if you love the first one you see.  Many times, it takes looking at several homes before you find the one that is really right for you.

As your Windermere agent, I will check with you regularly, even if you haven;t found a house that suits your needs. Keeping in contact allows us to establish a good rapport, and helps me learn how to help you effectively. I'll continue to be on the lookout for homes that suit your needs.