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If after doing some research on the area you plan on living you decide to start looking for a house, be prepared for a long and mentally draining process. You will look at what seems like hundreds of houses. You'll see places you hate, places you like, places you like in neighborhoods you don't, and houses you don't like in neighborhoods you want to move into. There is very little room to just settle for the sake of ending the search.

Realty Plus, LLC
(781) 424-8659
24 Bay Road
Duxbury, MA
Office Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cape & Vineyard Mortgage Co
(508) 759-2123
3220 Cranberry Hwy
East Wareham, MA

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Buyer's Edge Realty, Inc.
(866) 788-1700
1972 Washington St Ste B
Hanover, MA

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TradeWinds Realty Group LLC
(781) 681-9959
124 Washington Street
Norwell, MA
 
William Raveis Real Estate & Home Services
(671) 645-1299
293 washington Street
Norwell, MA
Office Hours
9am to 5pm

Bill Bachant Builders, Inc.
9 Tyler Avenue
East Wareham, MA

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Mass Property Management Group
(617) 799-4119
PO Box 691
Sagamore, MA
 
Jack Conway & Co
(508) 697-8300
11 Central Sq
Bridgewater, MA

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William Ravei Real Estate
(617) 645-1299
293 Washington Street
Norwell, MA
 
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC
(781) 659-0059
335 Washington Street
Norwell, MA
 
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House Hunting for the Guy Who Thought It Was Still Several Years Away

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With all the negative news these days about the housing markets, you might mistakenly be thinking now is not the time to buy. However, if you've got a steady job and are ready to take the investment plunge, now may be the best time to starting looking for a home.

By David Plough

With the housing market down it is becoming more and more of a buyers market all over America. It has gotten to the point in many areas it could be beneficial for you to start looking for a place to buy as opposed to your next apartment. If you are in a steady job there is really no good reason to not consider buying a home. Being a homeowner is not only a great fact to drop on the ladies (for you single folk); it is also a very solid investment.

If after doing some research on the area you plan on living you decide to start looking for a house, be prepared for a long and mentally draining process. You will look at what seems like hundreds of houses. You'll see places you hate, places you like, places you like in neighborhoods you don't, and houses you don't like in neighborhoods you want to move into. There is very little room to just settle for the sake of ending the search. This is where you are going to live for the foreseeable future and a place you are going to hope to make a profit on. Remember if you don't like where you live, why would any future buyers like it?

How Much You Should Spend


First thing you need to do is figure out your budget. There is no point in looking at a $400,000 house if you can only get a loan for $150,000. While in the current market sellers are more then willing to negotiate a price, anything over a ten percent drop shouldn't be expected. When it comes to budget using what you pay in rent is a decent barometer for what you can afford. If your rent is around $800 a month and you are constantly in a money crunch; then a house payment of $850 should be out of the question.

Also, if your budget is tight with that $800 a month rent, you don't want $800 a month in house payments. This is due to, what I call, the hidden home owners costs. Things like property tax, your typical home maintenance (plumbing repairs, lawn care, roofing repairs, etc.), and homeowners insurance are going to cause you to spend more money then you think. Keep in mind things like your heating and a/c bills are going to go up now that you have more space to heat and cool also.

Beginning the Hunt


After you have a general idea of what you want your budget to be it's time to start looking at houses. Many realtors have websites where you can take virtual tours of houses, see interior and exterior pic's of houses, and using something like Google Maps or Mapquests' street view, you can even get an idea of what the neighbors houses are like. Finding these websites can save you tons of time and money. Find three or four of these sites so that you can cover most every available house in your area and pri...

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