Like finding a car to buy, looking for the right house takes time, patience, and a few other factors working in your favor. You should pay attention to details even more because, unlike buying a car (unless it is a supercar), a house is likely a more expensive purchase.
Here are some tips to help you buy a house in St. Louis or elsewhere, and do it right the first time. A second time might not be for a long while, if at all.
Do you have the right real estate agent?
The good real estate agent does not brag about their achievements in sales; they listen to what you need and help you find the right property to buy – carefully. A realtor who pressures you into buying any house does not care about your needs; they care more about what they can get out of the deal.
So before deciding, meet with several realtors personally.
How comfortable are you with the house?
You will be looking at houses, possibly lots of them. When you set foot in the “right” one, you will feel comfortable, even welcomed, like it has been your house all along and you have just been away for a long time. In short, it feels like home already.
If you feel this way about more than one house, that is normal; there are other factors to consider in eliminating all but one.
Can you afford the house?
Say you fall in love with three or four of the houses you have visited; now you should compare their prices. This is exactly why you should already feel something about the houses on your shortlist, so when you finally pick one to buy you do not end up settling for it just because it is the most affordable. Hint: Do not go with the cheapest; go with the one you can afford.
With these questions in mind, you can find the house you are looking for. Remember, it may be a long process, but do not rush it. When you find the right one, you will know.