So you’ve decided to relocate to Asheville. Not only are you thrilled at the thought of living in such a thriving, artistic and outdoor-oriented community, but you also are beginning the exciting adventure of finding your dream home. While this should be a time to daydream and celebrate, you also may find yourself becoming a tad bit overwhelmed. It may be fun to imagine the possibilities of your ideal Asheville home, but how do you truly find the perfect home for you and your family?
This can be a time-consuming and stressful process, but we believe it can be made simple by following a few simple requirements. We know house hunting burn out is real and that’s why we’ve laid out our top 5 streamlined tips on finding your Asheville dream home. Take a look!
1) Know Your Finances
If you’ve been saving up for this moment, you may already know the budget that you are working with. This financial limit will help in narrowing down your options. If the cash isn’t ready to go, it is important that you get pre-approved for a mortgage before you even begin your home search. You can find more information on our Finance page here.
Being pre-approved will give you the power to make offers when the time is right and will also help you narrow down your search in order to fit your budget. This will keep you focused on the size and type of home you can afford. Your pre-approval letter will state the maximum mortgage loan you are approved for, giving you an instant home-buying budget!
2) Pick Your Ideal Community
If you have already decided on Asheville for the location of your dream home, you must already know a thing or two about the area. However, it is important that you explore and fully get to know the different communities or neighborhoods available to you. The neighborhood in which you choose to buy should meet all of you and your family’s requirements. This is where it is wise to consider and research things such as amenities, schools, safety, proximity to local attractions and the overall feel you are going for.
Asheville offers so many incredible communities for you to choose from perfect for any stage of life. From Downtown to Biltmore Forest, Kenilworth, Montford and other surrounding locales, you’re sure to find a neighborhood that’s perfectly fit for you and your family.
It’s wise to schedule a weekend trip to stay in the area of town you’re interested in to truly get a feel for what it’s like to live there. You may find that you don’t like the area as much as you thought, or you may even discover a nearby neighborhood that you didn’t even know existed. Once you’ve tested the waters and decided on an Asheville community, you can then narrow down your search to the selected area.
3) Decide on Your Style
Now that you have your budget and neighborhood, you can really hone in on the eligible homes that are available. This is where you can really decide on the style you want in your dream home. Whatever your personal style preference may be, knowing your desired style of home can help instantly eliminate homes that don’t fit. Whether you’re concerned about exterior architecture, indoor amenities, floorplan or layout, knowing your style is crucial to realizing when you’ve found your dream home.
4) Make a “Must-Have” List
Once you have decided on your style of home, it is wise to write down a list of must-haves. You can be as broad or specific as you wish, but anything that makes your list should be non-negotiable. If a potential home in your chosen area doesn’t have everything on your list, you can rule it out. For example, if a two-car garage is a must-have, don’t bother going to see homes that don’t have it or can’t build one within your budget. Focusing on your list will save time and will help you avoid lust over shiny new features in homes that aren’t necessarily something you need.
5) Hire a Realtor that “Gets it”
The last tip we have for you is to hire a REALTOR® or a team of REALTORS® that truly gets it. This means that you feel listened to and your needs are put at the forefront of the home buying process. At Troy Flack Group, we operate each day with our motto in mind: “Reinventing Real Estate, it’s about YOU!”. Asheville real estate is our passion and we love helping people find the home of their dreams. Our core values of Communication, Reliability and Honesty dictate how every client is treated. We want to help you discover the Asheville area home you have always dreamed of. Contact us today to get started. We look forward to working with you!