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First-time Buyers:
Whether you have already sold a home, have spent years saving and preparing to buy a home, or you still aren't sure if it is something you can even dream of, the questions surrounding a home purchase can seem endless. You can find the answers - and peace of mind - by working with Villa RE/MAX, an industry leader in experience and service.

Here are some tips:
Prequalify for a loan. Being prequalified for a loan determines how much house you can afford. It also allows you to move more swiftly when you find the right house, especially when you aren't the only interested party and assures a seller that you are an able buyer. It's a quick and easy process with which your realtor and assist.

Shop for Mortgage rates and terms:
A variation in even half a percentage point can make a huge difference in how much you pay over the life of a mortgage loan. For example, the difference in the monthly payment on a $100,000 mortgage at 8% vs. 7.5% percent is about $35 per month. Over 30 years, that's $12,600.00.


Features that help or hurt resale value:
In some areas, a swimming pool actually detracts from a home's value and makes the home harder to sell. In neighborhoods with two-car, attached garages, a single-car or detached garage may impact the home sale and future value. Your Realtor can point out features that hurt, as well as those that help, resale value.

Rate the houses you tour:
After touring each home, write down what you liked and didn't like and discuss this with your Realtor. Create a rating system which will help you and your Realtorâ narrow the parameters down to the home that's most suitable for you.