Home buyers usually spend several months in this stage. And that’s all to the good. Learning about the market and your own needs and wishes will help you make better decisions when you’re ready to look seriously.
Setting up a simple search based on price and location is the best way to browse. Click the yellow button on the right to get started. Once you’ve created a search, you can save it and have new listings emailed to you.
- Not sure what you can afford? Click here for a mortgage calculator.
- New to Portland or want to learn more about its neighborhoods? Click here and here.
- Want to stay current on life in the city and its real estate market? Check out my blog and Facebook page.
While browsing and researching online, you should also get out and about. Try driving, walking, shopping and dining in neighborhoods of interest at different times of the day. Attend open houses for properties you like. Opens are often announced when a new listing hits the market.
Especially if you’re a first-time buyer, it can be very helpful to meet with a mortgage broker or lender. You can start taking steps now to ensure that you qualify for a mortgage on the best possible terms. To learn more about financial preparations for buying a home, click here.
Or contact me any time with questions.