Guest post by Pierre Zarokian
Given the opportunity, everyone would love to have a home in California. The area offers good economy as well as excellent weather. If you are planning to buy a home for you and your family in California, here are some tips to guide you in purchasing a home in the said area.
Every time we talk about buying a property, it is always advisable to hire a real estate agent. All thanks to the Internet, you can easily search for a real estate agent within your desired area. However, not all services are made equal which is why you have to be careful in hiring an agent. To find a good agent, you must research about his or her educational attainment, training and professional experience. You may also schedule an initial consultation to learn more about the agent. When buying a home, consider applying for a loan to have a better edge against other bidders. This will also help you expand your budget. Ask your agent about the amenities of the area, is the area near schools and business districts? Your agent should be able to show you all the benefits you can get from the area.
There are many things to consider when buying. If you want a better view or better location you will pay a premium. If you want to save money then you should pick a location that is less desirable or a city that is not too central in the county. The newer the house the higher the price. If you want to save money consider buying a fixer upper and fixing it over time as you make more money or if you are handy then maybe you can do some of the fixing.
In California, where moisture and hot weather could cause damage to old properties, make sure to have proper inspection and termite check done. In addition, since earthquakes are common, proper inspection must be done for older houses, specially to the foundation.
Lastly, if you pick a good agent, they can help you with all of the above.