Getting your dream property in Libertyville, Illinois area is all about a home that’s perfect for your family as well as one that’s a great investment from a financial standpoint. By having a Libertyville Area Realtor help you find and tour homes in the popular northern suburb of Chicago, you will be a step closer to feeling settled down. Located in northeastern Illinois, Libertyville is a village in Lake County. Prior to 1829, the area was the property of the Illinois River Potawatomi Indians. Libertyville and the surrounding suburbs offer a variety of architectural styles, starter homes as well as luxury homes. According to an article by The Home Buying Institute, it’s important to begin house hunting with an experienced Realtor who can help you balance your emotions with the logical considerations.
Know how much you can afford
Before house hunting, sit down with a lender to find out how much money you can borrow to buy a home. If you have recently sold a home or have money put aside in savings, write down how much you have as well as how much of it you would like to spend on a new home. Double check your credit score. You should set a budget range as well as have a second budget range from a lender when getting pre-approved for a loan.
Write down a list of what you must have
Write down your must-have items so you don’t get distracted by special features or staging in a home. An important house-hunting tip is to realize that your list of needs should focus on aspects of the home that can’t easily be changed. For example, you might list a single-story home as a priority. But finding a home that’s painted a color you don’t like or has carpet instead of tile shouldn’t factor into any decision other than a decorating allowance or remodeling budget.
Relying on your Libertyville Area Realtor
According to The Home Buying Institute, house hunters, especially first-time home buyers, should lean on a Realtor. A Realtor can searching the multiple listing service site for Libertyville homes that meet your criteria. Your Realtor will coordinate the home showings, evaluate the asking price, help you present an offer and hold your hand through the closing.
Other good house-hunting tips include taking digital photographs of homes so you remember what you liked and didn’t like, touring the neighborhood at different times of the day and visiting the local libraries, parks or restaurants. Don’t be afraid to go on a second round of house-hunting trips to make sure you are bidding on the right home for you.
Sheryl Allen can share all of her house-hunting secrets with her clients buying homes in Lake County, Illinois and the Chicago area. For more information on buying in the charming village of Libertyville, please contact her.