5 Crucial House Hunting Hints

We love helping new homeowners protect their investments with title insurance at the Lake of the Ozarks. Before they can protect their investments, though, they have to first find the home they want to invest in! This week, the team at Arrowhead Title, Inc. is here to help you find your dream home at the Lake with these quick and easy home hunting tips.

5 House Hunting Hints

1. Identify Your Priorities
Buying a house at the Lake of the Ozarks is a very exciting process. It's easy to get so swept up in thrill of it all that, if you're not careful, you get thrown off track. Before you spend too much time "oohing and ahhing" over the granite countertops or the endless view of the main channel, make sure that the home meets your basic requirements.

2. Bring A Notebook
When you tour multiple houses, the different properties will start to run together. Rather than taxing your brain trying to remember if the brand new carpet was in the same home as the tiny master closet, take notes while you're walking through each home. Write down anything that stands out to you about the property - both good and bad. 

3. Talk To A Lender Right Away
Your mortgage lender will have a huge role to play in your home buying process. Until you know what size loan you will be able to qualify for, you won't be able to know how much house you can afford. Before you get your heart set on a home that's outside of your price range, get prequalified or preapproved. Trust us - you'll be glad you did!

4. Drive By Each House Before You Schedule A Showing
Homes tend to look very different online than they do in real life. Not only that, but the photos online tend to focus exclusively on the properties themselves - not their surroundings. There's no point in touring a home you can immediately disqualify because of its uninterrupted view of a junkyard. Before scheduling a showing, drive past the home to make sure it passes your initial test.

5. Pay Close Attention To The Things You Can't Change
You should love the house you choose to buy, but that doesn't mean there won't still be some things you want to change after you move in. When you're house hunting, though, you should focus on the things that you cannot change. You can repaint the walls and redo the flooring, but it won't matter if the home's location won't work for you.

When You Need Title Insurance, Think Of Arrowhead Title!

When you have found your dream home and you are ready to buy, we hope you'll keep us in mind as your go-to title insurance company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our dedicated and talented team would be honored to help you protect your greatest investment from unforeseen risks such as unauthorized signatures and unknown heirs. Give us a call at 573-302-1950 to learn more about how our title insurance and escrow services can benefit you!

Contact Arrowhead Title, Inc. to begin your title insurance process today!

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