1. Research before you look. Decide what features you most want to have in a home, what areas you prefer, and how much you’d be willing to spend each month for housing.
2. Be realistic. It’s OK to be picky, but don’t be unrealistic with your expectations. There’s no such thing as a perfect home. Use your list of priorities as a guide to evaluate each property.
3. Get your finances in order. Review your credit report and be sure you have enough money to cover your down payment and closing costs. Then, talk to a lender and get pre-qualified for a mortgage. This will save you the heartache later of falling in love with a property you can’t afford. Grand Mountain Group has worked with several lenders who know the local market that we can recommend. It is strongly recommended that you work with a lender who understands the rural, resort mountain market.
4. Don’t ask too many people for opinions. It will drive you crazy. Select one or two people to turn to if you feel you need a second opinion but be ready to make the final decision on your own.
5. Decide your moving timeline. Why are you buying in the County? Are you looking to ski/snowboard, take advantage of the lakes or access all the amazing biking the County has to offer?
6. Think long term. Are you looking for a starter house with plans to move up in a few years, or do you hope to stay in this home for a longer period? This decision may dictate what type of home you’ll buy as well as the type of mortgage terms that will best suit you.
7. Insist on a home inspection. See our Home Inspection page for more information.