Since not everyone gets the chance to win a dream home through a sweepstakes event, here are some ideas on how to search for your dream home!
First, start with a REALTOR®. Find a REALTOR® that you can work with - someone who will listen to you, and also provide you with feedback about your search criteria. You can go to www.realtor.com to search for a REALTOR®, or you can contact me!
Next, make sure you know how much house you can afford. Check your finances, and definitely check your credit score! You can contact any of the 3 major credit reporting agencies to obtain your credit score. Be sure to work with a qualified lender to determine if there are any home buyer programs that you are qualified for in order to help with your down payment. Check with your bank, or if you are a military member or military veteran, contact me for more information.
Make a list of the amenities you need and/or want in your dream home. You might even try to prioritize them as, "need," "want," or "would love to have."
Finally, be as patient and as flexible as possible. Searching for your dream home may take time, but note that the process can change very quickly to a very demanding pace depending on the inventory and the level of interest in a property. It is important to stay in contact with your REALTOR® throughout the process until you have closed on your dream home!