Buying a home is a wise decision because property is one of the best and most secure investments available. Rarely, if ever, does Real Estate decrease in value. Depending on the area in which you live, buying a home may boast significant tax advantages over renting. Equity is another consideration. The equity you build as your home appreciates in value will allow you to borrow for expenses like a new car or college tuition. Your home equity is also the ideal down payment on the purchase of a second home or an "escape property" or vacation residence.
Buying a home also has several emotional advantages. The independence of ownership means that you will no longer have to worry about rent increases and the demands of a landlord. Another advantage is a homeowners power to personalize! When you own your own home, you can paint and decorate as much as you want. Its your place!
Do you need a sales representative to buy?
Many potential homebuyers may wonder, do I really need a Sales Representative? In a word: Yes! Living and working in your area, we are in an ideal position to help you find exactly what you are looking for. We are knowledgeable of area market conditions, including prices and availability. Additionally, HomeLife Higher Standards Sales Representatives have access to the latest financing and mortgage rates, helping to ease the stress of buying. We also understand the many legal complexities of buying, including titles, taxes and surveys, also know what is negotiable in a contract, helping you secure the best possible terms on the home purchase. A committed and professional Sales Representative will make the complex process of purchasing a home both simple and painless. A good Sales Representative should:
An experienced Sales Representative will also understand the complexities and importance of:
We also have access to resources not readily available to the public. One such resource is the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), an electronic Real Estate database. The MLS offers much more information about a home then one could find anywhere else, including utilities and Real Estate taxes. The MLS also contains the recent sale prices of homes in a specific area or community. This information will help you determine the true value of any home you may be interested in. The MLS is updated in real time, meaning that your Sales Representative has access to homes the minute they are listed. Best of all, The MLS includes many houses never promoted for sale by a lawn sign or advertised in a newspaper, giving you access to homes you may never have considered otherwise.