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Buying a Washington DC home: Is This the Right House for Me?

Buying a Washington DC home is likely the single largest investment you'll make. But how can you be confident in your home buying, especially if you're a first-time buyer? With so many homes to choose from, how do you know if this Washington DC home is the one?

You don't want to have buyers' remorse – and fear of that remorse can actually lead you to become so afraid that you can't move forward to make the purchase. You go to open houses, visit homes with your Realtor, and even put in some offers – but you just can't close on a house. If you're a serious buyer, you don't want to get stuck in a cycle of looking and never owning.

So, how can you be confident that you are buying the right Washington DC home for you?

Make a list of your must-haves, needs, and wants. These are truly three different categories. Yes, some things you list may overlap but after your list is started, you'll begin to see what really matters to you. Make your list before you begin house-hunting:

Assess the home or apartment that you're currently living in. What do you like in your current home? Are there things about the place you live in now that you absolutely can't stand? Taking stock of what is working and what isn't in your current home provides a good blueprint for the things you should consider when searching for your next home. Be honest – you want to buy what will work for you now, and in the future.

Do your homework and get everyone's feedback. Unless you're buying a home alone, you should spend time talking with those who will be living in the home to discuss what's important to all of you. Compare your views and expectations – are they the same? Are there ways to compromise that will make everyone happy (or at least happier)? Share this information with your Realtor, Michelle Buckman, so that she can make sure she's showing you the properties that will be the best fit for everyone.

Plan ahead. Especially if you're moving a family or you're moving in with someone else. Coordinate your calendars, so that the necessary buyers can be at all of the showings and meetings. If you can't – or won't – coordinate your efforts, then the home buying process will be stalled. Plan, schedule, and commit - this will assure that the home-buying process will be a success.

After doing your research, getting feedback, and planning ahead, you may find that you really are interested in buying a Washington DC home. You'll want to contact Michelle Buckman Realtor. Serving all of the Washington DC area, Michelle Buckman Realtor specializes in real estate sales and has the experience you need to find and buy that dream home. Representing W.C. & A.N. Miller, a Long & Foster Company, and Christie's Great Estates properties in the Washington DC area, including Chevy Chase, Northwest Washington DC, Capitol Hill, and the Trinidad DC neighborhoods, Michelle works with a full range of clients, from empty nesters to first-time homebuyers. Please contact Michelle Buckman Realtor today at 202) 251-8400.

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