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Tips For Buyers

No one wants to contract a case of buyer's remorse. You know what we are talking about. It is that feeling that you've either paid too much or received too little. In most cases, there is no recourse for the buyer to receive recompense once the contract has been signed.

If no one wants to catch a case of buyer's remorse, why are there so many people out there who suffer from it? The answer is simple, most of these people engaged in a transaction without enough knowledge and information.

The best way to make sure that you choose the right home is to properly prepare yourself. The purchase of a home is a tremendous investment, both monetarily and emotionally. The purpose of this page is to in provide you with some tips that will help your transaction progress smoothly and result in you being a happy homeowner.

Remember, if you have any questions I am always just a phone call or email away.

  • Get help. Your home is likely to represent one of the largest investments in your life. In order to make sure that the transaction goes smoothly, it is of vital importance that you choose the right Tucson, Arizona real estate agent to represent your interests. The right agent will be someone whose experience and personality make you feel comfortable. You should try to find an agent who is familiar and knowledgeable about the Tucson area you plan to move into.
  • Get pre-approved. Do you already know how much home you can afford? There is nothing more frustrating than looking for a home, finding the perfect home, and then discovering that it is out of your price range. Speak with a lender to learn about the different financing options available to you. When you find the right lender, get the paperwork processed so that you will be ready to buy when you find the right home. Need help getting started with the pre-approval process or finding a Tucson, Arizona lender? Just give us a call. We would be happy to provide you with referrals!
  • Avoid major purchases. In order to determine the amount of home you can afford, a lender uses your debt-to-income ratio. This ratio is the percentage of your pre-tax income that you spend on debt. Your debt ratio will include: monthly housing costs, car payments, credit cards, student loans, and any other installment debt. If you take on more debt right before buying a home it is going to have an impact on the amount of the loan that the lender will finance.
  • Sign up for Property Watch. In order to make an educated decision you need to know what is available and how much it is going for. You can browse all the active Tucson, Arizona area listings from our website. Once you have found some homes you like, save those searches and sign up for property watch so that new listings will be emailed to you. The best homes move fast, so you need to make sure that you are on top of the available inventory at all times so you do not miss out. If you would rather not browse through Tucson listings online, Shawn Edgar & Associates would be happy to assist you in your search. We will discuss what is most important to you in a home and when homes that meet your criteria come on the Tucson Real Estate market, we will let you know.
  • Ask Questions. No one knows the home better than the seller of the property; however, it is not always in the seller's best interest to disclose all the information. If you find out the seller's motivation for selling, you might be able to negotiate a better deal on the home. Try to find out the last time service was performed on the roof, furnace, and water heating. Asking the right questions now can end up saving you a lot of money in the long run.
  • Get inspected. The last thing you want to discover after you have bought a home is that you have purchased a "money pit". By "money pit", we are referring to a home that is full of defects that are going to end up costing you a lot of money. Save yourself a lot of time in future litigation and renovation by bringing in a licensed home inspector before you buy. If any problems are found, it will steer you away from a bad decision or help you negotiate a better price.

Remember, your real estate professional is always there to guide you through the entire home buying process, even after the transaction has taken place, so if you ever have any questions or concerns, don't hestitate to consult your Realtor®. Are you ready to get started on your Tucson, Arizona real estate home search? Shawn Edgar & Associates is ready to help! Call us today at (520) 403-7268 or email

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