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6 First-Time Homebuyer Tips

July 14, 2016
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As we are in the midst of summer, this is a hot time for house hunting especially for first time home buyers:

1. Know your budget, and stick to it.
Since buying a home is such a large purchase for first time home buyers, you need to be realistic about what you can and cannot afford. Talk to a lender and get pre-approved for a loan so you know your max price point. Don’t look at homes outside of your price range.

2. Create a wish list
By creating a wish list, this helps first time home buyers prioritize what they really want in a house and what they don’t. One way to do this is to separate your list into “want” and “need” and see what you truly need in your first home and what you can live without.

3. Don’t Settle, but be willing to compromise.
Likely, you will need to compromise on something: finishes, floor plan, location, yard space, etc. Prioritize what is most important to you in a new home and make sure you choose a home that you and your family can enjoy long-term.

4. Consider life after buying your fist home
When buying your home, you have to think about long term. Sometimes first time homebuyers only consider the monthly mortgage payments but they need to keep in mind all of the “extras” such as possible HOA fees, maintenance, repairs and unexpected disasters.

5. Survey your surroundings
While looking at homes, you need to consider what is around the home and the location. Look at some of the following factors when buying:
Who are your neighbors?
Is it close to schools and restaurants?
How close are you to work?

6. Ask A LOT of questions
The most important thing you can do when buying a home is to ask questions. Buying a home is usually the first significantly large purchase a first time home buyer has made, so don’t be afraid to ask all the questions you need.

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"We are so grateful to have found Sandcastle Homes! They’ve made the home-buying process so much easier and more enjoyable than we could have imagined. They are responsive, respectful, and always put the customer first. We truly appreciate the speed and accuracy with which they’ve addressed any concerns we’ve brought up throughout the process and can’t wait to officially own our first home. Sandcastle has a team that clearly values one another as much as they do their customers, and you can feel a sense of community when working with them."

Carol Sandler

"Sandcastle did an amazing job with my house. They came through on everything they promised. Jose Salas, the construction manager, is very helpful even after we closed on the house. He goes above and beyond. Getting to meet the owner, Salomon, during the closing was a great experience as many other builders don’t do this. We love our house and the quality of it!!"

Enrique and Judith

"We just moved into our new home by Sandcastle. Since the beginning of the process the whole Sandcastle team paid great attention to our requests and responded rapidly. We were lucky to get in contract in time for us to choose colors, kitchen design, finishes and other and all our requests were reflected in our new house. At the end of the closing, the team always kept the same great attitude towards us and helped us with any question or request. We would say one of the greatest things about Sandcastle is that they really back up what they sell: best price, best service, best quality in town. We ended up extremely pleased with our new house."

Andres and Marcela

"I just moved into my new Sandcastle home and I think it’s a wonderful place to live. They have been very helpful, particularly Lynette and Steve. From the owner Mike Salomen down, it has been a truly positive experience. I would highly recommend anyone who wants to buy a new home that is built of high quality to consider this home builder."

Neal Massey

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