Buying a New Santa Cruz Home? Read This First!

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Friday, May 29th, 2009 at 8:23am.

Whether you are new to home buying or an experienced home buyer, you should take a minute to read this information before you set out to look for your new Santa Cruz home.

Look Before You Leap

Anyone who has bought a home in the past knows how good one can look when you walk through it. Even after you close on the sale and move in, all looks good, for a while. Then you begin to notice the little things. Things you should have known to look for when viewing. Be sure to have your home thoroughly inspected by a professional home inspector.

Avoid Problems at Closing

Title company issues can put a damper on your closing and possibly cause you to be without a home.  How? Once your current home is sold and the new owners want to move in, you'll be looking for a place to live until you can get the closing issues resolved.   Or, if you're renting and your lease is up, you'll need to get out or sign for another term.  Work with a professional real estate agent who can successfully guide you through the home buying and home closing process.

Avoid First-Time Buyer Mistakes

Beyond the hidden problems of a home there are typical first time buyer mistakes to avoid when looking for your Santa Cruz home such as:

• How to estimate the cost of fixing up an older home.

• How to negotiate a better price and terms.

• The burdens of a long commute and how to decide how far is too far.

Buying a new home is fun and exhilarating, if you do your homework first to avoid making costly mistakes.

Whether you just want a recommendation for a professional home inspector or are looking for a new Santa Cruz home, I can help.  Call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at 



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Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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