Shopping for your first home is both exciting and overwhelming, especially as you dive into today's real estate market where inventory is on the lower end. You may have narrowed down your price range, your ideal budget for a home, and what features you want the property to have—such as the number of bedrooms or a large yard—but there are a few more things that should make their way to the top of your priorities.
Kable Team Realty has listed below the four major components to identify when considering a property for your first home. And remember, your first home is not your "forever home," so it always helps to keep an open mind when searching in Jefferson and Berkeley County.
Moving to a new home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle can be a challenge. Try not to choose a home that would be a complete lifestyle change, far away from family and friends, your job or activities you love. Your transition to your first home should be a smooth and happy one and buying the property that fits well with your current life will be the best investment.
The last thing you want as a new homeowner in West Virginia is to find your income is completely wrapped up in your monthly mortgage, insurance, and utitlies. Make a budget and consider all costs involved with a potential home in Charles Town, Martinsburg, Ranson, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, Hedgesville, Inwood and Falling Waters. You may find that you need to purchase a smaller or older home to help keep costs down, but you will also have far less of a homeowner headache down the road.
If you are particularly handy or have the motivation to repair and replace everything an older home requires, it may be best to search for a low maintenance property in the Eastern Panhandle. Pay attention to details like updated plumbing, electrical and HVAC as these can cost new homeowners immensely if they were to break down.
Space to grow
Many new buyers in the market today are looking for properties that will allow more space for both their belongings and their growing families. Identify how much home you can reasonably afford with a lender and then use your purchasing power toward the home that can ultimately provide the most space.
Give the Kable Team a call today to discuss available homes in Charles Town, Martinsburg, Ranson, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, Hedgesville, Inwood and Falling Waters! We're here to help!
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