NYCVertical agent will help you sort through your choices and prioritize your search. The search will begin with the agent reviewing all of the appropriate listings that fit your specifications. Once you have a list of all of the homes that meet your criteria, you will be off looking at houses. As you start to see your first few homes, you will be struck by certain features that you just can't stand in a home and others you rather like. It is a good idea at this point to create a journal of the items that you like and dislike so that you can refer back to it as you begin to narrow your search. Another way to remember the features and the homes that you liked best is to bring along a camera to record the features that are most appealing.
The advantages of the NYCVertical agents. The NYC market is large, complex and highly dynamic. Our devoted agents live and breath the market every day. Their experience and knowledge is invaluable and irreplaceable. Always remember that when buying an apartment in New York, you are competing against hundreds, if not thousands, of other buyers who are looking for almost exactly what you are. By working with our brokers, whom you trust and with whom you are comfortable, you will give yourself a competitive advantage over those who are not using a broker or those who are using several brokers.
Tips For Finding Your Next Home.
(1) Location is crucial. How far are you really willing to commute to your place of employment? How good are the local schools, shopping centers, public transportation, seniors services and other public amenities? Will your new home be next to a vacant lot or a commercial property? Even a picture-perfect dream home can be a mistake if it's in an undesirable location, and a poor-location home can be a particularly bad choice if you anticipate reselling the home within a few years.
(2) You'll save yourself many hours of shopping if you make a list of things you need, ahead of time. Your goal is to compile your wish list by thinking about what you like and dislike about your current home.
(3) Touring multiple homes is a confusing experience for most people. Rather than relying on memory, make notes about the homes you visit. Turn your priorities into a personalized home-shopping checklist and use it track the features of each home.
(4) House-hunting can be tiring, especially if you're relocating to a distant community and want to see a dozen homes in one day. There's no sense in torturing your feet unnecessarily. Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes.
(5) When scheduling appointments, be available! Avoid weekends and open house showings so that you won't have to view properties while fighting crowds of people, gaining more time to ask questions and get a "feel" for the property.
(6) Be prepared to make an offer. House-hunting can also be frustrating, especially if you know in your heart you're not really emotionally or financially ready to buy a home. If you're not ready, don't put yourself through the exercise. If you are ready, go through a blank purchase contract ahead of time so you'll know what decisions you'll face when you make an offer.
(7) Granted, buying a home is a major life-altering event. But it's not worth making yourself insanely crazy or super-duper stressed. Save time at the end of your house-hunting expedition to unwind, calm your thoughts and emotions and keep the whole experience in perspective.
Once you find a home that really peaks your interest, spend the time to be sure. It makes a lot of sense to view the home at different times of the day and to see what is going on in the neighborhood. Use this time to review any homeowner's association dues (if applicable) and to inquire about any restrictive covenants in the area.