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Spring is in the air: Getting ready for a fresh real estate market!

February 15, 20234 min read

Spring is in the air, and with it comes the perfect time to buy a home. As the weather warms up, so does the real estate market, making it a great time to find your dream home. However, with so many homes on the market, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. That's where a local real estate agent like Lauralee McElroy of Every Home Sold (Broker/Real Estate Agent with Swanson Real Estate) can come in handy.

Purchasing a home is one of the most significant investments you will ever make, so it's important to make informed decisions every step of the way. In this blog, we'll go over some essential tips and tricks to help make your home-buying journey a successful one.

  1. Know Your Budget

Before you start looking at homes, it's important to know what you can afford. Consider all of your monthly expenses, including mortgage payments, utilities, property taxes, and maintenance costs. Speak with a mortgage lender to see how much you can qualify for, and make sure you factor in closing costs as well.

  1. Determine Your Must-Haves

Make a list of everything you want in a home, including the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, outdoor space, location, and any other specific features you're looking for. Prioritize your must-haves, so you know what you're willing to compromise on and what's non-negotiable.

  1. Work with a Local Real Estate Agent

Working with a local real estate agent like Lauralee McElroy of Every Home Sold can be a game-changer. Local agents have the extensive market knowledge and can help you find properties that meet your specific needs. They can also help you navigate the buying process and negotiate with sellers to get the best possible deal.

  1. Don't Skimp on the Home Inspection

A home inspection is a crucial step in the buying process, so don't skip it. A qualified inspector can identify any issues with the property and give you a better idea of what kind of repairs and maintenance costs you may be looking at in the future. Make sure to attend the inspection so you can ask questions and address any concerns you may have.

  1. Stay Patient

Buying a home is a big decision, and it's important to take your time and not rush into anything. Only settle for a home that meets your needs and is within your budget. The right home will come along, and working with a local agent like Lauralee McElroy can help speed up the process.

  1. Consider the Long-Term Investment

Buying a home is an investment in your future, so it's essential to think long-term. Consider the potential resale value of the property, the neighborhood, and the local school district. These factors can all impact the value of the home and its future sale price.

  1. Be Ready to Act Quickly

In a hot real estate market, homes can sell quickly, so it's essential to be ready to act fast. Work with your agent to stay on top of new listings and be prepared to make an offer when you find the right property.

  1. Don't Let Emotions Get in the Way

It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of buying a new home, but it's important to keep your emotions in check. Don't let your emotions cloud your judgment or push you into making an offer on a property that doesn't meet your needs or is outside of your budget.

In conclusion, buying a home can be a daunting process, but it doesn't have to be. With the help of a local real estate agent like Lauralee McElroy of Every Home Sold and a little bit of patience and preparation, you can find the home of your dreams this spring. Remember to keep your budget and must-haves in mind!

Servicing: Your local community… Kendall County, Illinois (Yorkville, Oswego, Plano, Sandwich, Montgomery, Sugar Grove, and more).

Thank you for your consideration!

-Lauralee McElroy Broker/Agent, your realty specialist with with Swanson Real Estate.

- Lauralee McElroy offers high-level service in Kendall County, Illinois Yorkville, Oswego, Plano, Sandwich, Montgomery, Sugar Grove, and more. Additionally, she services Kane, Will, and LaSalle counties. Contact Lauralee McElroy (Broker/Agent with Swanson Real Estate) for all your home-buying and home-sales real estate needs!  

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Lauralee McElroy

Lauralee started her career as a Real Estate agent in 1994. From 1976 to 1994 Lauralee worked alongside her husband, William with their family business, McElroy & Sons, Inc, who built custom built homes in the Fox Valley area. Her contribution to the family business consisted of the day-to-day office / business management and doing Open House events for their real estate models and working with new home buyers. As a real estate agent, my first priority is to make my clients happy. I listen to my client’s wants and needs to achieve the best outcome in every transaction and I strive to ensure that the home buying or selling process is fun, easy, and stress-free. My clients can count on me any time of day when they have a question or concern. My joy in this business is to bring people together and educate my buyers or sellers in the process. Knowledge is power and I love seeing my clients feel confident throughout the entire process and beyond that. I am happy to share it with you on your next journey whether buying or selling real estate in this beautiful state!

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