If you're planning on buying a home in Nebraska in the new year, now is the time to start preparing. By getting a jump on the housing market, you can find a home that fits your needs and budget more easily and quickly.

Here are five steps to get ready to buy a home in the new year:

  1. Make a list of your needs and wants: Start by making a list of the features that you want and need in a new home. This can include an open floor plan, a spacious backyard, gas appliances, and more. Rank these features in order of importance to help clarify your goals and ensure you get what's most important to you.

  2. Do your research: Research mortgage loans, school districts, and new homes for sale in locations you like. Spend as much time in these areas as possible to narrow down your options. Keep in mind that you may need to adjust your list of wants to fit your budget.

  3. Set aside savings: Save for moving costs, home repairs, and other homeowner expenses. New homes usually come with a builder's warranty and various manufacturers' warranties, but they don't cover everything. You should also set aside funds for improvements that aren't typically included with a new home, such as landscaping and window coverings.

  4. Talk to a sales consultant: Contact a sales consultant to ask about floor plans, pricing, square footage, and more. Some consultants can also help you get pre-qualified for financing.

  5. Work with a seasoned real estate agent: A seasoned real estate agent at Nebraska Realty can help you navigate the complex process of buying a home and find a property that fits your needs and budget. Real estate agents proactively advocate for and protect you! 

By following these steps, you can find the perfect new home in Nebraska in the new year. If you're ready to start your house hunt, the team at Nebraska Realty is here to help. With real estate offices in Omaha, Papillion, Lincoln, Grand Island, and Hastings Nebraska Realty is perfectly suited to help you find your dream home in the new year! 

Visit NebraskaRealty.com to learn more and get started.