The weekend is the perfect time to shop around for your next home.  If you are looking to buy a home, do you know what stage you are in? How can our team at I Love OC Homes  help? We’ve put together the most common stages a home buyer will experience during this process in order to take the next steps forward.

Just A Dream

We all are guilty of living in this stage. Dreaming about our perfect home, where it will be, how much it will cost, etc. This is the perfect time to start jotting down your wants and needs of your dream home, so when it’s time to start looking you know what is a must-have and what you can live without. This can be anything from how many bedrooms to the color of the cabinets. The more specific you are, the easier it will be. However, it’s also important to be realistic about what needs are bigger than others.

Seeking Information

When you start seeking information on how to bring your dream home to life, it starts becoming more real. You are probably exploring neighborhoods, commutes, school districts, and important lifestyle factors to go with your dream home. If you are a first-time home buyer, you might be looking for help understanding the process and real estate market. While there are a plethora of online resources, working with a team who knows the communities and market will give home buyers a better experience.

Just Looking

Even when potential clients say they are just looking, this is a good sign that they are ready for something more tangible to come to life. Does this sound like you?  This is the stage where home buyers will most likely look for a real estate agent to show them listings and represent them. If you have made it this far, the chances of them purchasing a home are significantly higher than in the prior stages. Working with a professional will always have more benefits than trying to do the above on your own.

Active Buyer

After going through the dream phase, gathering the correct information, and finding the perfect agent that understands your needs, you become an active buyer.

Our team at I love OC Homes wants to show you Orange County! If you’d like to learn more about what it's like to live and work here, download our ebook for an inside look at some of the wonderful communities we specialize in. We're happy to help you discover your next home! If you have any questions about any of the four stages of the home buying process give me (Tim De Shazer) a call 562-881-8252. I’m happy to talk any time.