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Shopping for a new home is an exciting time and you may have built up this image in your mind of what it should be. While having what you want in mind is perfectly normal and expected, you must recognize that you must manage your expectations when looking for a home. Doing so will help you manage and reduce any stress that comes with buying a home and keep you on track.

Know What You Can Afford

Before you set out looking for and buying a home, it’s very important that you work out a budget and know how much you can afford. If you don’t, you could end up becoming house poor. Once you’ve made a budget, show it to your real estate agent and lender and they will be able to help you find a home and a home loan that is right for you.

Realize That You Can’t Have Everything

It is perfectly normal to want to find the perfect house with all of your desired features. But if you keep turning down homes because they don’t meet all of your criteria, you will be shopping for a home much longer than you need to—which can annoy both you and your real estate agent. However, that doesn’t mean settle for the first home you come across. Make a list of what you need in a home that can help you narrow down your choices.

Establish Your Real Estate Agent’s Role

When buying a home, you need to understand the role of the real estate agent that is helping you since they will be the one you primarily work with when shopping for a home. Once you find a real estate agent that you can work with, you will need to communicate to establish their role. How often should they contact you? Do you need help with each step of the process? By discussing what you need with them, they will be better able to help you and make the process smoother.

Educate Yourself

Taking a homeowner’s education course can help you manage your expectations by helping you understand what it takes to buy and own a home. Educating yourself and understanding the housing market will also help you manage your expectations. For example, the best time to buy a home and how location affects:

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