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Tips to help you find the perfect home

Buying a home will more than likely be the largest financial investment of your life, so you will want your house to be perfect. Use to following tips on buying a home to make sure you find the property of your dreams:

– Find a place you can stay for awhile: With the significant amount of money required to secure a new home, you will want to purchase a property that you can see yourself living in for an extended period of time. Ideally, your house will be somewhere you will live for at least five to seven years, as the homebuying and moving processes are long and expensive. Another benefit of staying in your place longer is that you are able to ride out the housing recovery, which could put you in a position to profit on your purchase. 

– Buy a home that allows you to expand: In many instances, people aren't able to afford a property that will meet their future needs. If you are part of this group, it would be smart to find a home that allows you to expand in later years. For example, you may want to find a property that makes it possible to add rooms or a deck. Failure to do this could mean that you are forced to move when your family grows, or someone comes home from college. 

– Choose a good location: No matter how nice your home is, it will never be perfect unless it is in a good location. For this reason, you need to find an area that you will enjoy living in. For instance, if you have kids – or plan on having kids – it is probably best to avoid busy streets and, instead, purchase a house in a friendly neighborhood. You also need to consider the condition of other homes in the area, as the even the nicest properties can be brought down in value due to poor houses on surrounding streets. 

– Explore multiple options: In all likelihood, your dream home won't be the first property you visit during your search. That said, it is important that you keep an open mind so you don't miss out on a house that could be a better fit. Even if you fall in love with the first home you see, there could be a house that better suits your vision of a perfect property, so don't restrict your search to just a few houses. 

– Use the Internet: Physically visiting 10 homes can be strenuous, but you don't actually have to do this in order to get an idea of what each property is like. The Internet has made it possible to take tours without leaving your current house, as many sellers post video walkthroughs with their listings. 

To receive a free quote, simply visit www.capwestmortgage.com/quote or call (866) 614-5959 to speak with a CapWest Mortgage representative today.

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