homes for sale freedigitalphotos.netSo you’re thinking about buying a new home. But as you look online you see the mountains of Homes For Sale listings and you’re not quite sure where to start, right?

Where to Look for Homes for Sale

You can look on but there are SO many listings that are all over the country, narrowing down the homes to your dream home will take hours.

Then there are the For Sale By Owner websites. But can you trust the values and feel safe going in to a home that is represented by strangers versus professionals?

Searching for a home in Georgia is easier with the Georgia MLS and especially with our search Homes for sale feature, here on our site to make it easier for you to see what homes are currently available.  With us here to guide you every step of the way, we can let you know of any changes like, if it went under contract but with a clause that may still mean you may have an opportunity to purchase your dream home. We also have friendly, professional, and close knit relationships with other realtors all over Georgia that we will be able to get you information you may not be able to get on your own or not very quickly at least.

How to Find The Perfect Home For Me

However, we understand that sometimes you want to look on your own. How do we recommend you doing this?

First, make a list of all the features of a home, yard, and neighborhood – including a particular neighborhood or a zip code to start if you don’t have a neighborhood in mind yet, that you want.

Then add to that list things like, distance from work, highways, kids activities, or other locations if applicable.

Finally, with a pre-qualification from a mortgage lender in hand, if you are getting a loan, know what your maximum purchase price will be. If you want to buy a home that needs work, remember to factor in a home repairs or home renovations budget as well as a list of repairs you are willing to do or have done. For example, if you are only willing to do cosmetic work like paint then note than. If you are willing to do a little more, paint, replace flooring, siding, etc., then note that. If you are prepared – budget and mindset – to do an overhaul, note this.

When you begin your search, choose your broadest feature, like zip code then zero in from there. This will help you narrow down your options of where to look as well as see what is for sale. Keep in mind that if you are relying solely on homes for sale now, you will only see what is listed on the GA MLS or elsewhere now. However, realtors sometimes get inside scoops on upcoming homes for sale and if you’ve hired a realtor to work on your behalf and he or she knows what you’re looking for, you might get to know about homes that will go on the market before they are known to the public.

How to Reduce the Stress

Looking for a new home can be a time consuming activity. At first it can be very exciting! Searching through all the beautiful home photos can be fun! However, for many, after a short while, the sheer number of homes to look at can become overwhelming! (Currently the GA MLS has over 50,000 home listed for sale, and if you look at only Marietta, GA homes for sale on there are approximately 2,000 homes for sale. Can you Imagine staring at your screen going through ALL those listings??)

Don’t be discouraged.

A professional can help you see only those homes that fit into your criteria for your dream home. When you hire a realtor to work for you, he or she can set up their system to automatically send to you homes that are within the scope of what you want and weed out all those home listings that can just get in your way, creating overwhelm. A professional can help you to find the right home quickly and when it comes to putting together the most favorable contract terms, a realtor’s experience and knowledge is whose you want to help guide you through the process easily.


We hope this post has helped you prepare to find the home of your dreams! If you have any questions, please contact us so we can help you stay on that path you want.

Do you have some tips that have helped you in your home search you would be willing to share? Comment below to let us and others know!

Jeff Buffo Marietta GA Real Estate












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