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Whether relocating or building your home, deciding to buy or build, the following are important frequently asked questions:


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WHAT KIND OF HOME DO I WANT TO BUY?
After you have decided to move, you need to choose what kind of house you want to move into. Do you want to buy a previously owned home or do you want a brand new home? First off, you need to ask yourself what price range you can afford and then prequalify to determine how much you can borrow. Remember that when you move into a previously owned home there are certain things that already come with the house that a brand new home may not come with. For instance, a resale home may come with a fully landscaped yard whereas a new home may not. A previously owned home may come with different house fixtures such as lights where a new home may not.
WHERE DO I WANT TO LIVE?
Choose wisely when deciding where you want to live. Check out the neighborhood and schools. What does the community have to offer? Make sure that other homes in the area are resaling at the price you'd expect. Also, your new home should be realistically situated so that all your needs are met.
HOW DO I DECIDE ON A COMMUNITY?
When shopping for your house make sure the surrounding community is compatible with what you want. Do you want a park nearby for when you walk the dog? Do you want to live in a neighborhood where there are a lot of kids for your kids to play with? Community life is important. Many times, people living in the same communities have similar interests. Chances are, the community you move into will find you many new found friends.
IS THE QUALITY OF SCHOOLS IMPORTANT?
Of course, if you have kids that you plan to enroll in public or private school, the quality of neighboring schools is very important to you. First, check out the school district. Make sure that the school your child goes to offers them opportunities that both you and they find important. For example, if your child loves music and plays an instrument it will be important for you to make sure that the schools you are considering offer a music program.
WHAT PRICE RANGE SHOULD MY NEW HOME BE IN?
You should arrange to prequalify before you choose a house so you'll know what price range to aim for when looking. Many first time buyers pick a house they want to purchase first and then try to arrange financing, which isn't fun if you think you've found your dream house, but later come to realize you don't qualify.
HOW LARGE OF A HOME DO I WANT/NEED?
Homes come in all shapes and sizes. You need to determine how much space you'll need, whether it be for storage, a third car or a guest bedroom. Think about kitchen space. If your a gourmet cook, you may want a house with a bigger kitchen. If you entertain a lot, you'll want to find a house that's conducive for entertaining. Take all of these factors into consideration when looking for the right house size.
IS DRIVE TIME IMPORTANT?
One factor you may want to consider when buying a home is how far that home is from your place of work. Drive time to work is important and it's a good idea to find out what freeways or roads you can take to get to work and how long it will take during peak traffic time. Your commute to work can affect many things in your personal life so it's important to really think about where you want to live and the time you want to spend transporting to and from work.
DO I KNOW WHERE I'LL BE WORKING?
If you know where you'll be working, you may already have a particular area or community in mind for your house search. On the other hand, if you don't have any idea where your job will be, it may be a good idea to look for a house in a central area where the commute to any part of the valley is pretty reasonable.
IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES NEARBY?
If your a person that likes to hike, jog, play tennis or participate in any other recreational activity, you may want narrow your house search down to an area that has these amenities. You may find that having recreational activities nearby, especially if you have kids, is a plus because there may be many times a week where you'll have to drive them to and from practice.
DO I NEED TO SELL MY CURRENT HOME BEFORE PURCHASING A NEW ONE?
This depends. If you make enough money and can cover the costs of owning two homes than no, you do not need to sell your current home before purchasing a new home. On the other hand, if you don't have the money to cover the costs of owning two homes, you'll need to sell your current home before qualifying for your new home. There is something called a contingency sale however that allows you to buy a new house contingent upon the sale of your old house.
WILL I NEED INTERIM HOUSING OR WILL I STAY IN MY OLD LOCATION UNTIL IT IS SOLD?
If you sell your old house before buying a new one, you will need to look for interim housing. There are many apartment complexes and housing companies that provide short term housing. For a list of interim housing locations please see Construction Arizona's real estate page.
HOW MANY HOUSE-HUNTING TRIPS WILL I PLAN TO MAKE?
If you live out of state, it's safe to assume that you'll make at least four house-hunting trips. House-hunting is a major process and you want all of your needs met when you do finally find your place of residence. If you live in state, you'll make as many trips as you have to in order to find the right place. In both cases, it's worth the time and effort you put in to find the house of your dreams.
I HAVE DECIDED ON A NEW HOME. WILL IT BE CUSTOM OR TRACT?
Once you've decided to buy a new home, you need to decide if your going to build a custom home or a tract home. If you go with a builder in a certain neighborhood, you may not have a choice. In Arizona, tract homes are very popular. With a custom built home, you have to buy your land first, then find an architect and then find a builder. In both cases, your going to invest a lot of time and money, so make sure you choose what is best for you.
IF I WISH TO BUILD A NEW HOME, WHAT ARE THE STEPS?
First, decide where you want to live and purchase a building lot. Next determine what you need and want in your home. Choose an architect (when building a tract home, you may not get a choice). Identify all materials and finishes that you want to go along with your house. Make sure you put everything in writing. Interview contractors, search for a lender, obtain the required financing, sign contracts with the people that will help you build your house, and apply for the permits, licenses, bonds and zoning variances that are required in order to build in your new local jurisdiction.
HOW LONG WILL MY NEW HOME TAKE TO BUILD?
The length of time it takes to build your home will depend on the size and type of home it is. For instance, a tract home may go up faster than a custom built home because they all tend to be of similar size and type and the contractor is familiar with the same set of drawings. A custom built home may have more detailed design where the builder may be unfamiliar with the drawings. Plan on your new home taking at least six months to be completed. You'll want to consult with your builder on a specific schedule, however plan on having a few delays.

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