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Define Your Priorities:

  • Clearly outline your priorities and must-haves in a home. Whether it’s location, size, amenities, or specific features, knowing your priorities will streamline the search process.

Get Pre-Qualified with a Local Lender:

  • Start your home-buying journey on solid ground by getting pre-qualified with a local lender. This essential step provides a clear understanding of your purchasing power and strengthens your position when making offers. A local lender’s expertise in the market can be invaluable in tailoring financing options to your specific needs.

Set a Realistic Budget:

  • Determine your budget early on. Working with a local lender ensures that you understand your affordability, factoring in not just the property price but also associated costs like taxes, insurance, and maintenance.

Work with a Knowledgeable Realtor:

  • Partner with a real estate professional who specializes in the market and does real estate as their full-time job. A dedicated realtor, in collaboration with a local lender, will guide you through the process seamlessly, combining market knowledge with financing expertise.

Explore Neighborhoods:

  • Research different neighborhoods to find the one that aligns with your lifestyle. Consider factors such as schools, proximity to work, amenities, and community atmosphere.

Be Open-Minded but Stay Focused:

  • While it’s essential to be open-minded, stay focused on your priorities. A professional realtor and local lender will help you navigate options without losing sight of your goals.

Thoroughly Inspect Before You Invest:

  • Prioritize home inspections. A dedicated realtor, in collaboration with your local lender, will ensure that you thoroughly inspect the property to uncover any potential issues. This step not only provides peace of mind but also helps in making informed decisions.


By getting pre-qualified with a local lender, you not only gain a clear financial picture but also demonstrate to sellers that you are a serious and qualified buyer. The Alder Group is here to assist you every step of the way, ensuring a smooth and successful home-buying experience.

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