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How To Search For Homes For Sale in Your City

Published at 02/02/2012 23:58:17

Finding the Perfect Home in Your Area

Shopping for a new home can be filled with excitement and frustration. Of course you want to find the perfect home, however, where will you begin? Working with a realtor is a good way to find homes for sale in your area. You can also begin the search on your own. If you know what you are looking for, you get started while waiting for your realtor to find homes  for sale in your part of town.

Step 1

  • Read Craigslist ads for homes for sale in the city or town you are interested in living in. You will find that many of the ads have photos so you can get a good idea of what the inside of the home looks like. Often you will be able to email questions about the homes for sale in Criagslist ads. One word of caution, if an ad for a home for sale in your city seems to good to be true, it probably is. Never wire money to anyone placing one of these ads about homes for sale in any area. Be sure the person you are doing business with is legitimate. A legit Realtor or home owner will not expect you to send them money that way.

Step 2

  • Take a drive around your area. Take note of for sale signs, you may even find some homes for sale in your area that are for sale by owner properties. At times a homeowner will try to sell a home themselves and will put out signs. Take down phone numbers on these signs and give the owner a call to discuss details and make an appointment to see the house.

Step 3

  • Read newspaper classified ads. The local newspaper will have many houses for sale in your state. You are sure to find some in your area. Usually the listing company name and phone number will be available for you to call for additional information about the homes you are interested in.

Step 4

  • Place your own ad. Websites such as Craigslist allow you to place free ads. If you are looking for something specific in a house for sale in your area, place an ad. Be as specific as possible with your wants. It may be a long shot but you never know, someone who has just the type of house you are looking for could get in touch with you.


Always use good judgement when looking for homes for sale in your city. Research any homes for sale in any ad that you are considering responding to if possible.

Once you do find a home for sale in your area that you have a serious interest in, spend the money to get an inspection. Of course buying a house is a big expense and no one wants to spend more money than necessary, but an inspection before you buy the house, can save you a lot of money and stress down the line.

If there are any issues on your credit report, working on those before you begin actively trying to obtain a mortgage is a good idea. You will want your credit score as high as possible in order to get the best rates. These days, mortgages are harder to get so you want to do what you can to ensure that you will be able to qualify.

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