JOEL MISTRETTA | Clearwater Beach Real Estate, Seminole Real Estate, Clearwater Real Estate


Let's face it – buying a home is rarely simple. As such, you may need extra help along the way to ensure you understand the ins and outs of purchasing a house. So what does it take to become an expert homebuyer? Here are three homebuyer education options that are available to homebuyers nationwide: 1. Family Members and Friends Did a family member or friend recently purchase a house? If so, you may be able to lean on this individual for support as you explore the real estate market for the perfect home. Typically, a family member or friend can serve as a reliable source who can share his or her past homebuying experiences. This individual also might be able to recommend a real estate agent who provided outstanding support to him or her in the past or suggest areas where you may be able to find a home that fits your budget. Family members and friends, of course, can help you minimize stress throughout your search for the right home, too. Thus, you should be able to rely on them for a helping hand as you explore the housing market. 2. Networking Groups and Workshops Did you know that networking groups and workshops may be available that can empower you with insights you need to find the right home immediately? That's right, and in many cases, there are no costs to participate in these groups and workshops as well. Usually, a networking group serves as a collection of homebuyers with a common mission – to discover a great house at an affordable price. It is important to note that networking groups are scattered across the country. And in order to find the right networking group, you may want to search websites like Meetup and Facebook. Homebuyer workshops occasionally are held at various locations nationwide by homebuying experts who are happy to share their knowledge. In many cases, cities and towns also will host free homebuyer workshops, enabling you to learn what it takes to purchase a house quickly and effortlessly. 3. Real Estate Agents When it comes to becoming an expert homebuyer, there may be no better resource at your disposal than an experienced real estate agent. Because with the right real estate agent at your side, you'll be able to explore a broad assortment of high-quality houses any time you choose. To hire the right real estate agent, you should be prepared to meet with several real estate professionals and discuss your homebuying needs with them. By doing so, you'll be able to find a real estate agent who you are comfortable working with and possesses the skills and expertise needed to ensure you can find your dream home without delay. Purchasing a house can be a stressful, time-consuming process, but receiving homebuyer education from multiple expert sources ensures you are better equipped to buy a house that fulfills your needs. Utilize the massive collection of homebuyer educational resources that are available, and ultimately, you can improve your chances of purchasing a home that you can enjoy for years to come.

If you want to enjoy a successful homebuying experience, it may be beneficial to hone your house search to residences in a select group of cities and towns. That way, you can speed up the process of finding and buying your dream residence.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you narrow your house search.

1. Review Your Short and Long-Term Goals

Consider your immediate and long-term goals. By doing so, you can focus on finding a home that falls in line with your aspirations.

For instance, if you want to work in the big city, you may want to search for residences in or near the city itself. On the other hand, if you have children, you may want to explore houses near top schools and parks.

Be flexible as you consider homes in assorted cities and towns, too. If you are open to homebuying opportunities in different areas, you may be able to quickly find a great residence at a budget-friendly price.

2. Obtain a Mortgage

With a mortgage in hand, you'll know exactly how much you can spend on a house. Then, you can narrow your home search to residences that correspond to your budget.

Meet with a variety of banks and credit unions, and you can get pre-approved for a mortgage. Banks and credit unions employ friendly, knowledgeable home financing specialists, and these professionals can help you determine which type of mortgage will suit you perfectly.

Also, you may want to ask questions as you review your mortgage options. Home financing specialists at banks and credit unions are happy to reply to your mortgage questions, and ultimately, help you make an informed mortgage selection.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Finding a home in a particular city or town may be tough, especially if you try to navigate the real estate market on your own. Conversely, if you hire an real estate agent, you can get the help you need to discover your dream house.

A real estate agent is a homebuying expert who will go above and beyond the call of duty to transform your homeownership dream into a reality. He or she first will learn about your homebuying goals and budget. Next, a real estate agent will provide you with details about available homes in myriad cities and towns. A real estate agent then will help you kick off a home search so you can locate your ideal house.

Of course, once you discover your dream home, a real estate agent will help you submit a competitive offer to purchase this residence as well. And if your homebuying proposal is accepted, a real estate agent will devote the necessary time and resources to ensure you can immediately finalize your home purchase.

Take the guesswork out of finding your dream residence – use the aforementioned tips, and you can boost the likelihood of acquiring a terrific house that you can enjoy both now and in the future.



This listing recently sold for $161,000.

6732 HOLLY HEATH DR, RIVERVIEW, FL 33578  

Residential
$161,000
Price
$161,000
Sale Price
3
Bedrooms
3/1
Full/Half Baths
SELLER OFFERING $5000 TOWARDS CLOSING COSTS! -Well maintained townhouse in the desirable Oak Creek Community of Pine Ridge. This unit offers the larger floor model for the 3 bedroom and 2.5 bath units at over 1500 square feet. The kitchen has plenty of seating and storage for convenience. Laminate floors were recently added in the first floor great room. Tile in the kitchen with open floor plan for entertaining. Fantastic lake view looking out through your back door and windows offering lots of natural light. Relax in the screened lanai while grilling with no neighbors behind you and views of the natural preserve. Indoor laundry located by the bedrooms makes it easy to keep things tidy. There is a community pool for lounging while cooling off during the warmer months. The HOA fee also includes water, trash, cable TV, and pest control. These properties don't last long so make your appointment today!



This listing recently sold for $429,000.

6429 SEASOUND DR, APOLLO BEACH, FL 33572  

Residential
$429,000
Price
$429,000
Sale Price
4
Bedrooms
3
Baths
JUST 2 YEARS AFTER ITS CUSTOM CONSTRUCTION, this beautiful home with a specially designed sports pool and stone-pavered lanai can be yours in resort-style Waterset! Life changed for the owner who ordered the upgrades and other enhancements you’ll find here. Now, on a landscaped and metal-fenced yard, it’s your turn to love nearly 2,800 square feet of quality by West Bay Homes. This Capri design boasts a 3-car garage, 3 full bathrooms, 4 bedrooms as well as a French-doored bonus, and a central great room – featuring wide-open kitchen, dining and living spaces – with quadruple sliders that throw the home open to that gorgeous pool lanai. What an impressive way to entertain friends or simply to enjoy spreading out with family! The lanai provides both screened and roof-sheltered portions for all-weather fun, and the unique pool is deeper at the center instead of an end, with built-in anchors for a midpoint net so you can compete in volleyball or other water sports. Of course the finishes include wood, tile, quartz, crown molding, designer fans and fixtures, undermount sinks and more. Bedrooms are arranged in a 3-way split so that 1 bed/bath combo works perfectly as a guest or in-law suite apart from the master and the 2 remaining bedrooms that share a bath in front. Waterset is a master-planned development with community pools, parks, a clubhouse with dining and spa options, plus so much more so close to shopping, restaurants, recreation spots, commuter routes and the area’s new hospital. See this one today!



This listing recently sold for $216,500.

10903 PEPPERSONG DR, RIVERVIEW, FL 33578  

Residential
$216,500
Price
$216,500
Sale Price
5
Bedrooms
3/1
Full/Half Baths
This home has it all with 5 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms a 2 car garage on a large fenced in conservation lot conveniently located just off of Bloomingdale and Providence Road! You are going to love sitting out on the beautiful screened and tiled front patio while watching the sun set. If you prefer more privacy you'll enjoy cooking out on the back screened in patio overlooking the extra large PVC fenced lot where you can watch the wildlife in the beautiful conservation area behind the home with NO BACKYARD neighbors! There's plenty of room for the kids to run and play and room to put up a large playground/swing set. This lovely home has a large open family room with a dining area next to the open kitchen and a large master bedroom on the first floor. Kitchen, dining and master bedroom all have CERAMIC TILE and ceiling fans in every room. Upstairs is a spacious loft/office area with 4 more bedrooms and guest bath. Stairwell and all upstairs recently had ALL NEW top of the line carpet installed. Maintenance will be a breeze since the roof was replaced 2 years ago with OWENS CORNING dimensional shingles with a lifetime WARRANTY with the A/C replaced in 2012. All of the appliances come with this home and virtually all of the windows have hurricane film and it comes with a portable generator! This quiet community has it's own park, baseball field, basketball & tennis courts so you can relax and get away from the hustle this centrally located home is just minutes to shopping, movies, nightlife, Winthrop Center and Charter school, I-75, Crosstown, I-4 and everything that Brandon and Tampa have to offer!




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