Before you start, knowing the size of the home you want, preferred locations, and maximum budget; and deciding on neighborhood, home size, price, style, amenities, and the time frame of the search can help reduce stress because these are all parameters that help your agent find the home that is the best fit for you! Next you will want to get pre-approved so you don’t have to worry about the numbers not working out while you house hunt! You don’t want to be looking at $350,000 properties when you only qualify for $300,000.
Another thing a buyer can do to avoid stress is to educate themselves on as much of the process as possible. Research online, and use your very important resource: your Agent! The type of home you buy can also factor into your stress level. Unless you are up to the task of renovating, you might want to shy away from a “fixer upper” and instead go with a home that already has everything you want.
To be stress-free, means working with only the best agent. Don’t think that agents are a one size fits all, by contrast you will want to keep in mind their personality since you will be spending quite a bit of time with them over the next few weeks or months. Look at their portfolio of sold homes. A good agent knows how to handle the paperwork and know the nuts and bolts by not only being able to respond to all of your concerns, but to predict future issues as well. These skills can only come from experience.