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If you are beginning the home-buying process, you may begin to wonder how long it will take until you find the perfect home for you and your family. The answer to that varies due to different factors. Check out these three factors on how many homes you will tour before buying:


The State of the Market


A buyer's market is when there are few houses for sale and the ones that are available, sell quickly. This creates a higher demand for houses as people scramble to buy what they can. If the location you are considering seems to be a buyer's market, you may be competing with multiple buyers for the same house. If you are hesitant with a house because you think a better one is out there, someone else may swoop in and sign a contract. This leaves you with fewer options and a long time trying to find a house. If you find yourself in this situation, you will probably need to move as quickly as possible if you want to secure a home.


Knowing What You Want


If you are specific about the type of house...

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Spring may be the most popular time of the year to buy a new home, but is it the best time of year to go home shopping? While the best time to browse real estate is when you need a new home, there are advantages to shopping in each season. As you prepare to buy a home, learn what to expect when home shopping in spring, summer, fall, and winter.


What to Expect When House Hunting in Spring 


As winter ends and weather starts to warm up, people emerge from their houses. The same flurry of activity holds true for house shopping. Suddenly, there are many more homes for sale on the market, and many more interested home shoppers. 


Sellers who took their listings off-market during the winter may renew listings now. Nice weather means homeowners can make improvements, so in the spring real estate market you're likely to see high-quality homes listed at market-rate prices. 


More inventory is offset by higher competition for premium homes and higher prices. Sellers are optimistic that...

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When you decide to take your first step on the property ladder, you will have plenty of property-types to choose from. Many buyers prefer to buy an existing single-family home, some want to buy a plot of land on which to build their house, while others would like to get the keys to a condo.


If you are a member of the latter group, you may be interested in learning a little bit more about the benefits and drawbacks of purchasing a condo:


Pros


•    A Gated Community 

Condos often offer higher security than a traditional home as they usually sit within a gated community. There will be a security presence at all times at the gate, keeping a close watch on the people who enter and leave. If you are at all concerned about crime and theft in your area, this added security can do a great deal to set your mind at ease.


•    A First Home

If you, like most people, don't have a huge budget to purchase your first home, a condominium may be an attractive option. They...

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There are two options available when seeking a new home for your family. You can purchase a resale (meaning an older home that has already been lived in) or a new construction. While each choice provides a distinct set of pros and cons, purchasing a newly constructed home offers numerous comparative benefits. Below are just 10 of the primary benefits. 


1. Customization


New constructions allow homeowners to customize their homes with a variety of options prior to moving in, if they purchase during the pre-construction phase.


2. No Extra Work


Homeowners need not put in any work prior to move in. Resales, on the other hand, often require at least a minimal amount of renovations prior to move in.


3. Modern Appliances


A new construction will be equipped with modern appliances and conveniences, whereas resales may need to be updated. For example, most new homes are created with dishwashers, which are not often seen in older homes.


4. Stays Repair Free


Your home should be repair free for a...

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If you're throwing your hard-earned money away on rent each month, putting that same amount towards your own home could be an incredible advantage. However, it's also imperative to consider whether you can afford the costs associated with a mortgage, property insurance and potential repairs that might be necessary in the future.


Buying a starter home doesn't have to feel like an overwhelming experience. Here are some things to think about that might help you make a more informed decision.


Evaluating Local Prices


It's not uncommon for home prices to be unusually high in some areas, but to be relatively low within a specific city. It can be tempting to move forward with purchasing a home even in the midst of spiking prices in an effort to ensure that prices won't rise even higher. In some cases, higher market trends might be an indication that a downturn is within the near future. While the general rule of thumb for investing is to 'buy low, sell high,' forecasting the right timing to invest...

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