2020 has definitely been a year unlike any other, and at Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors® in Bakersfield, we’ve been doing everything we can to help our clients navigate these unprecedented times. If you’re thinking about buying a house this fall, we’d love to talk with you and help you decide which steps to take. Even if you’re just interested in what type of properties are available, we can provide information that can help you make a more informed decision.

Before you dive in further, take a few minutes to look at our Buying a Home page. It provides more details on deciding on a budget, looking at homes, choosing a house, and more. We can answer any questions you have about the real estate process and provide further insight on finding a new home.

What’s Your Timeline?

You might not be quite ready to sell your current home and move into a new place, but you do know that you’d like to find a new house within the next few months. Setting a timeline can be beneficial, as it can give you a date to shoot for as to when you’d like to close on a property. You don’t have to set a firm deadline, and it’s good to be flexible, since a lot can change between now and when you see yourself moving into a new house.

Begin by writing down some dates. It’s almost the first of September, so you could write down that by the first of October, you’ll want to have narrowed down in what area of Bakersfield you want to live. That gives you a month to do research on neighborhoods, schools, nightlife, and more, and make a decision on which spots you’d like the most. By November, you can start looking at homes, keeping a list of which ones you prefer and which ones you’d like to see in person.

What’s Your Budget?

Creating a timeline also gives you the opportunity to take a look at your finances. Perhaps you’ve been renting for years, saving up where you can in order to have a down payment on a house. Between now and November, look over your finances to see what you have in savings, how much you plan on putting towards a down payment, and what sort of monthly mortgage payment you can afford.

Our team is more than happy to talk with you about budgeting and finding a house that fits within that budget. It’s important to be realistic about how much house you can afford, and we’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Find a Realtor® Today

If you’re thinking about buying a new house this fall, contact our team of experienced Realtors® today. We can show you which homes we have for sale in Bakersfield, and help you narrow down your choices. At Coldwell Banker, we strive to build lasting relationships with all of our clients, and we’ll be there every step of the way during the viewing, buying, and closing process.

We look forward to hearing from you!