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Spring Forward into a Busy Real Estate Market

Along with flowers and sunshine, springtime means a busy real estate market. Families are looking to move while their kids are out of school for the summer, and the longer daylight hours make it easier to check out homes for sale. With the increased demand for housing thanks to the economic upswing in Southwest Louisiana, these tips can help you find a great house:

Utilize the expertise of a qualified realtor. Developing a relationship with a realtor will put their knowledge to work for you. Explain what you’re looking for so they can begin to search on your behalf. While you’re busy at work, they’re busy working for you. Realtors often know about new listings before they are public.

Know what you need. Have a checklist of the characteristics in a home that you must have. Do you need three bedrooms?  Is an office a definite must have? Are you adamant about a fenced-in backyard?  How do you feel about a garage vs. carport? Knowing what’s important and what you can live without will help you make a logical decision, instead of letting emotions get the best of you.

Know what you can afford. Visit with your lending institution for pre-approval. They’ll need general documents such as recent pay checks and tax information. They can also talk with you about your credit score and offer advice on how to improve it if it’s low. They can offer a pre-approval letter enabling you to put in a offer quickly when you find the perfect home.

Being prepared, diligent and pro-active during a house search is the best way to find the house that suits you best.