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Buying a house. Any useful tips?

gomeshelen

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I'm currently in the market for a starter home in Ohio in the $150k~200k range. I've been looking and touring houses through Redfin for around two weeks and it's been a discouraging process. I've been touring with an agent from Redfin and thought it would be fine, but I don't really see how working adults can manage to find a house without taking a day off to see it as soon as it goes live. Has anyone else experienced this in their search? Is this process easier with a buying agent?
 

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My wife has been looking at potential homes through a number of on-line services. If we decide to move, i expect to take one or more days off to inspect in person. So many thing you can see in person that won't show up on-line. This includes meeting some of the neighbors and similar information about the area.
 
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I bought new house in NZ not so long ago and can suggest you to check carefully all essential house purchase documents. We hired home inspector to check the house and be aware of the real condition of the house. Unfortunately today in NZ an increasing number of property being found to be contaminated with meth. There are special services for the detection and risk management of meth contamination in residential or commercial properties. So we also hired specialists from Forensic Meth Services to check our building before committing to a purchase. They did all tests at the highest level. All these factors can affect real estate prices.
 

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Meth contamination is a big issue. Fentanyl contamination is also becoming an issue. A few companies are getting on board early to be able to detect and decontaminate these situations.
 

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biggest advice I have for you is spend a lot on a really good inspector.

there are many of them out there that just do a pretty simple deal/ bare minimum. my guy was $700/ inspection but he went in heads first full PPE and checked absolutely everything, crawling thru very uncomfortable places.. would take him 4-5hrs to check a house.

others were like a 1hr dont even want to get their hands dirty
 
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I'm currently in the market for a starter home in Ohio in the $150k~200k range. I've been looking and touring houses through Redfin for around two weeks and it's been a discouraging process. I've been touring with an agent from Redfin and thought it would be fine, but I don't really see how working adults can manage to find a house without taking a day off to see it as soon as it goes live. Has anyone else experienced this in their search? Is this process easier with a buying agent?
Redfin or anyone else can help to finalize buying proces, but there is no substitute for seing and experiencing desired area on your own. As you may know, real estate companies are prevented from disclosing demographics in the area you're looking. If you have an idea what you want in house you looking for and there are houses you like and can afford di a following: Pick at least 2-3 houses in the area and visit the area even without real estate agent. Stay in the area for a while, feel the atmosphere, talk with neighbors and see if there are any distressed properties close by.
 

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I'm currently in the market for a starter home in Ohio in the $150k~200k range. I've been looking and touring houses through Redfin for around two weeks and it's been a discouraging process. I've been touring with an agent from Redfin and thought it would be fine, but I don't really see how working adults can manage to find a house without taking a day off to see it as soon as it goes live. Has anyone else experienced this in their search? Is this process easier with a buying agent?
Get preapproved...ensure your approval range keeps you in good dept to income ratio.

Find a GOOD realtor...funny how carpet cleaners will bad mouth realtors...yeah...it's all fun and games till you get caught up in a bad real estate deal.

Puchase, maintain your property, pay your bills, develop credit...use credit to venture out make some money and live like you want to live.

You're welcome.
 

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Get preapproved...ensure your approval range keeps you in good dept to income ratio.

Find a GOOD realtor...funny how carpet cleaners will bad mouth realtors...yeah...it's all fun and games till you get caught up in a bad real estate deal.

Puchase, maintain your property, pay your bills, develop credit...use credit to venture out make some money and live like you want to live.

You're welcome.
A good closing attorney is indispensable as well. They can save you a bunch of headaches by heading off problems before you get to closing.
 
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I’m looking for a home also, or another home for a unique purpose. Number one thing is have home inspected especially for termites, rot and mold.
 

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I’ve bought 13 single family rental homes. It’s a process big time.
But nothing compares to the ridiculous system Florida has! Screw the environment they use enough paper work to fill a dump.
Canada it’s fairly straight forward. But your credit rating here has to be a lot higher than in the States. And our whole mortgages work a lot differently. We don’t have title company’s here.
 

WilliG

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I'm in the same boat. I'm planning to buy turkey stone houses soon, I've already found one reliable company with the main ofice in London which can help to find property in Turkey at affordable prices. I think when it comes to the house buying it's better to consult with the specialists first to avoid mistakes.