Advice

4 Steps To Homeownership

The front of a home

If you are thinking of buying a new home, you must pay close attention to many details to ensure you find one that will suit your needs.

By Dustin Murray, Dustin Murray Construction, HBA of F-M President

If you are thinking of buying a new home, you must pay close attention to many details to ensure you find one that will suit your needs. Before you start shopping, you should sit down with the members of your household to discuss your preferences and the many options available to you. Read on for a short list of things to consider.

The living room of a home

Step 1: Financing Your Home

The first step in the home buying process is determining how much you can afford. To ensure that the financing process goes smoothly, buyers should consider pre-qualifying for a mortgage and having a financing commitment in place before shopping for a new home.

Step 2: Prioritizing Most-Wanted Features

Before you start shopping, you should sit down with the members of your household to discuss your preferences and the many options available to you.

An easy way to organize your thoughts is to write each separate feature that you want on a 3×5 card, and arrange the cards in order of their importance to you. For instance, if you like to cook, you may want a home with a large, well-equipped kitchen. Or you may settle for a small kitchen, so that you can have extra space for a library, office or playroom.

Some home buyers seek large, open interior spaces, while others prefer traditional rooms that afford more privacy.

While looking for a home, consider whether your needs are likely to change over time. If you plan to add rooms, find out if there is enough space on your site for such expansion and whether such additions are permitted by your local jurisdiction.

Step 3: Selecting the Type of Home

Options include single-family homes to condominiums and everything in between. Some buyers prefer homes with large yards. Others opt for condominiums where they can avoid yard maintenance entirely.

With a single-family home in a development, you’ll be responsible for your own yard and home, but may be restricted to certain design elements or other regulations if there is a home owners association.

A condominium is a home in a multi-unit complex, such as an apartment building or a townhouse cluster. You own the home, and you and your neighbors jointly own the common elements, such as the land around the complex, the parking areas, building exteriors, hallways, utility pipes and recreational facilities. A condominium owners association is responsible for maintaining the jointly owned elements. The day-to-day business of the complex is generally handled by a managing agency.

Step 4: Starting Your House Hunt

Now that you know the type of home and features you are looking for, and how much home you can afford, you’re ready to begin searching for your perfect home. The HBA of F-M offers many ways to assist through events like the Spring and Fall Parade of Homes and Red River Valley Home & Garden Show. We also have hundreds of industry-related members who would love to assist you on your house hunting journey, accessible at www.hbafm.com.

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper.

Murray-Dustin
Dustin MurrayDustin Murray Construction, HBA of F-M President

Dustin Murray founded his business, Dustin Murray Construction, six years ago. He specializes in remodeling, new construction framing and finish work. Murray and his wife have two children and live in West Fargo.

HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF FM

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper.

hbafm.com
info@hbafm.com
facebook.com/HBAFargoMoorhead
twitter.com/hbafm
Blog: homebuildersassociation.areavoices.com

To Top