Are you totally overwhelmed by the idea of looking for a condo in Boston? Are you curious, and just don’t know how to start looking? If you are regularly thinking about becoming a first time homebuyer, but don’t know what to expect, t
his post is for you.
When prospective first time homebuyers are curious about Boston area condos, I suggest the following steps to overcome homebuyer overwhelm and make sense of the idea of becoming a condo owner.
First, choose some areas you think you’ll enjoy. Condos in Boston greatly very in prices and styles so narrowing down your search to specific neighborhoods is important. If you’ve been searching on Zillow or Trulia for condos in Boston , Cambridge, or Somerville, no wonder you are overwhelmed. Just narrowing the search by price range will not be enough.
Second, go look at condos during Sunday open houses with absolutely no expectations to buy. Open houses serve such a purpose for buyers, while you have an opportunity to meet real estate agents who may be eager to be helpful. Focus on one or two areas per weekend to make good use of your time. You’ll learn the area, different types of homes, and start developing a sense of home values.
Third, hire a real estate agent. We are here to help, even in you very early stages of the search. In fact, we can make the search a bit easier for you by focusing your efforts, and giving you step-by-step input and advice. Hire someone you like and trust, and fire someone who is not doing her job.
Do not try and make sense of the real estate market online. The web is a great resource for information about homes and for open house schedules. But to learn what your Boston neighborhood has to offer, you’ll have to go do some offline searching.
Even if you feel you are far from buying, and just browsing, I’d love to see you at any of my open houses!