It’s very easy to get swept up in the excitement of buying a new home and sometimes buyers forget some of the most important steps in ensuring that the home they have in mind is really the home they want.  Before you begin looking at Chandler AZ homes for sale, you may want to consider these steps to take before buying a chandler az home for sale:

Get Clear About Your “Must Haves” vs. Your “Wants”

What’s most important in your new home? A big backyard? An open floor plan? Being on a quiet street? Proximity to work? You’ll make a much better decision on what home to buy if you focus on your priorities. Before you begin looking at Chandler AZ homes for sale, separate the things you truly need from the amenities and features you’d love to have but can live without. Try making a list while considering these four categories: features and amenities you need; features and amenities you want; features and amenities you don’t want; and deal breakers. Getting clear about the must haves vs the wants will refine your home search and speed up the process of finding the home that’s right for you. Discuss your requirements in detail with your Chandler REALTOR®, so they can narrow your home search.  

Get Pre-Approved

Getting pre-approved for a loan will ease the buying process and ensure that you are looking at homes for sale in Chandler AZ within your price range. Pre-approval gives you a dollar amount with which you can safely house hunt without having to go back and get approved. It’s effectively your budget for the house hunt. The last thing you want to do is find your “dream home” only to find out later that it is out of your price range. Don’t waste your time looking at houses you can’t afford. An experienced Chandler REALTOR® can refer you to one of their preferred lenders that can offer expert guidance to get the lowest rates and terms for you.   

Hire an Experienced Chandler AZ REALTOR® 

Whether you are ready to buy your first home in Chandler AZ or a home that you have always dreamed of owning, you need a qualified Chandler real estate agent to walk you through the home buying process. Real estate agents can provide you with helpful information on homes and neighborhoods that isn’t readily accessible to the public. Their knowledge of the home buying process, negotiating skills, and familiarity with the local area is invaluable. It also doesn’t cost you anything to use a Chandler AZ REALTOR, as they compensated from the commission paid by the seller.  Employing the services of an experienced Chandler AZ estate agent to guide you through each step of the buying process is critical to having a smooth and successful transaction.

Consider “Other Costs” of Homeownership

You have found the perfect home in the ideal neighborhood for your family and you have even determined that you will be able to afford the monthly mortgage payments that will come with this home. What you need to keep in mind is that your monthly mortgage payment is just the start of the costs of homeownership. You also need to consider the other costs involved when buying a home such as property taxes, homeowners insurance, ongoing repairs and maintenance, lawn care, furniture and decorative Items, moving costs, utilities, and depending on where you live, homeowners association fees, which all add to the bottom-line costs of owning a home.

Get a Home Inspection

When buying a home in Chandler AZ, it’s important to have a home inspection conducted soon after you are under contract. Home inspections are an instrumental part of the homebuying process that can save you a lot of time and money down the road. A home may look perfect on the outside, but looks can be deceiving. A private inspector can help uncover deep-rooted problems and potential pitfalls that could otherwise be missed. The inspection should include assessing the condition and remaining lifespan of features such as the foundation, roof, windows, overall energy efficiency, and home systems, such as plumbing, HVAC, and electric. Your Chandler REALTOR® can help you arrange to have this inspection conducted within a few days of your offer being accepted by the seller. This contingency protects you by giving you a chance to renegotiate your offer or withdraw it without penalty if the inspection reveals significant material damage.


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Cathy Carter is known throughout the industry as a top Chandler REALTOR. She has over two decades of experience and hundreds of satisfied clients can attest to her diligence in representation and care for every single detail. Along with her professional team, Cathy understands that frequent and open communication is essential to each and every transaction and is readily available to answer any questions a client might have. She makes it a point to get to know her clients on a personal level, which allows her to locate the right home within any development or neighborhood that best matches their personal preferences and needs. Cathy has built solid working relationships with builders from across the region as well as other real estate professionals and can help you secure the most valuable deals. She is highly knowledgeable about the market and is the first to know when new homes come on the market. This ensures that you have access to the most recent listings for Chandler AZ homes for sale to choose from. Cathy is an expert Chandler REALTOR®. Contact her today to begin your search for your new home!

Please give REALTOR® Cathy Carter a call today at 480-459-8488 or fill out the online contact form, and she will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have!

2450 S. Arizona Ave, Suite 1
Chandler, Arizona 85286
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Cathy has been in the Real Estate industry for over two decades in the Arizona market. She has the ability and confidence along with continued education that is necessary to succeed in this ever-changing market. Cathy specializes in difficult to move properties in the Chandler Area. Quick to respond to all tasks required. Equator Certified Platinum for Bank owned homes and Short Sales as well.




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