You’re on the hunt for your dream home. You’ve established a successful relationship with a real estate agent and loan officer and now it’s time to tour some homes. What’s next?

Here are some questions to ask when touring a home to make sure it meets your standards.

Why did you choose this home for me?

A good place to start is by asking the real estate agent why they chose to show you this home. Does it fit the description you gave? Remember, finding the right home may mean compromising, so make a list of the necessary home amenities compared to the optional ones and go from there. Take into account the features the home showcases and refer back to your list to check whether it meets your must-haves, even if it doesn’t have some of the optionals.

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Should I be concerned with anything about the house?

Ask them to voice any concerns about the home. If there are major concerns, you know beforehand and can figure out if the home is worth it. While on a home tour, your real estate agent may notice possible problems and make them apparent. This will save you the trouble of finding these setbacks months after you’ve moved into the home.

Is the price in my budget?

This question is major. You always want to search for homes within your budget. You could fall in love with a home you can’t afford, and that’s a problem you don’t want to have. Avoid it by clarifying your price range and stick to it. If you get lucky and fall in love with a home on the lower end of your budget, you can save the extra money for more amenities, like a new pool or deposit it back into your savings for future purchases.

Not quite there yet? Talk with one of our loan officers to find out what you can afford upfront.

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How long has it been on the market?

Determining how long a home has been on the market could factor into its price. If it’s newly listed, you may have less leeway to negotiate the price compared to a home on the market for a couple of months. Your real estate agent will create a dialogue between you and the seller so you can work out a deal that makes both of you happy.  

Make your list of questions, revise them depending on the home tour and ask away. Always keep open communication with your home buying team because they are dedicated to finding the right home for you.

With the right professionals, you’ll find your perfect home.

Use our mortgage calculator* to find out an estimate of how much your monthly mortgage payments could possibly be.

*This calculator is provided for illustrative purposes and any amount calculated is an estimate only. The rates and payments shown do not factor in all your information.

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About the Author:

Jessica Odom

Jessica Odom is a copywriter at Movement Mortgage and contributing author to the Movement Blog. Jessica is renown for her witty repertoire and ability to churn out pithy content. When she’s not regaling colleagues with details of what she plans to cook for dinner each night, she enjoys eating copious amounts of popcorn, working out and serenading the office in all kinds of music, especially '90s hip-hop.