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- Research homes and neighborhoods.
- Find a reputable real estate agent.
- Stay within your budget.
- Remember no house is perfect.
- Do your own inspection.
While you're shopping for a home, you can do a personal inspection on the homes you see.
- Plumbing: Test for water pressure and leaks.
- Outside: Look for broken windows and siding; foundation cracks; sagging porches/decks, roofs, and gutters.
- Inside: Check for water spots on walls and ceilings, cracks and holes in walls, mold and mildew.
Ask your real estate agent for suggestions on a professional inspector.
Costs of Home Ownership
When you own a home, costs can add up. Keep these costs in mind when you're shopping for a home.
- HOA or condominium dues
- Moving expenses
- Appliances (if not included)
You’ll also have to pay property taxes each year. If you are buying from someone who has had taxes frozen, but you don’t qualify for that, you will see a change in taxes in the following year. Check with your local county tax assessor’s office for more information.