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Contact an estate agent

We at River and Sea Properties have been living in Witsand for most of our lives, and know the area and residents intimately. This enables us to help you choose the best fit for your property needs and holiday expectations.

Get preapproved for a loan

Most financial institutions offer preapprovals on homeloans. Getting a preapproved homeloan gives you an exact price range in which to start looking for your dreamhome. Contact several financial institutions and determine which one will give you the best deal.

Decide which features you must have and which ones would be nice but not necessary

How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want? Would you prefer a newer home or an older one with established landscaping? Are hardwood floors a must? Is an updated kitchen important to you? Walk-in closets? Which features would you be willing to give up if you find the otherwise-perfect home?

Begin testing the market

Right here on River and Sea Properties, you can find listings that meet your criteria. Identify properties that seem to be fits for you, make use of one of our many holiday rentals and spoil yourself on a weekend at the sea while you see what's available in your price range and explore neighborhoods.

With your agent, begin seriously looking at homes

Your agent can add to the list of homes you've already identified – including ones that have just come on the market. Look at homes with a critical eye – does the floor plan work for you, is the property in good condition, would it be right for your lifestyle? In short, can you imagine yourself and your family living there? Take notes at each home you visit. What do you like and not like? Narrow down your choices; re-visit homes in which you're interested. See them at different times of the day.

Make an offer

When you've identified the home you want to buy, be prepared to help your agent prepare a written offer quickly. Your agent will be familiar with market values and will help you arrive at a price that gives your offer the best chance of being accepted. At this stage, try not to become emotionally attached to a home. Your offer may not be accepted for any number of reasons. Have backup homes in mind. Be prepared to negotiate through your agent with the sellers.

Why you should use an estate agent in your home search?

Buying a home is probably the largest investment you'll make in your lifetime. Having an experienced, knowledgeable River and Sea Properties professional representing you in this transaction just makes good sense.