Uncategorized March 23, 2017

Lynden, WA Real Estate Tip: Finding That Dream Home Within Your Budget

Finding your dream Lynden, WA real estate for sale can be difficult for a few reasons. One of these reasons is finding a home for sale in Lynden, WA that is not only within your budget but has all the features you want. Additionally, mortgage rates have increased and this can put a damper on your original max spending number. So how can you get that dream home while maintaining a healthy budget? Check out these tips.

Determine Your Budget. This part is big AND is often times overlooked. Sit down and write down how much is coming in, how much is going out and how much you can budget without putting yourself through a hardship. Then go and get pre-approved. You will then see what your max number is and figure out if you can make it work. Plus, this puts your offer at the top of the pile as sellers take you more seriously as a buyer AND you have less chances of loan approval falling out last second.

Work with a qualified Lynden, WA realtor. This is almost as important as the first. A qualified, local Lynden, WA realtor will customize the choices based on budget and your personal criteria. They can also provide pros and cons on each option while remaining neutral. Working with a long time local Lynden, WA real estate agent also gives you advantages others don’t have. We know what is coming on the market and when, as well as pocket listings that the public may not know about. Any opportunity to get you in the door early is a benefit to you. Especially with inventory being so low and the buyer demand being higher than ever.

It is like they always say-location, location, location. This is big and usually leads the decision making process for a lot of people. Whether it is a neighborhood that is close to work, certain amenities like being near Front St or near a specific school, you likely have an area already picked out. Lynden, WA real estate is unique in that it is not only conveniently situated in between Bellingham & the Canadian Border, but is also the only Dutch farming town in this part of Washington State. There is a lot of history and a very special atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere else in Whatcom County. Lynden is also going through a big growth period with a lot of fabulous new business additions that people previously had to travel for. Knowing where you want to be can help streamline where you look.

Declutter and donate. Life comes with baggage, and we mean that in the literal sense. You tend to collect things as life goes on: That one bag of donations that turned into ten bags just sitting in the garage. Children’s art, garage sale finds, vintage furniture you mean to refurbish…..the list goes on, right? More possessions result in higher moving expenses so before you buy (or sell) Lynden, WA real estate, be sure to go through and declutter. Figure out which items need to be donated, sold or tossed altogether.

For more information on how to find a home for sale in Lynden, WA that fits both your budget and your lifestyle, give me a call at 360-410-0848.