Tips from Equifax for Finding Your Next Home

May 04, 2013

Buying a home with EquifaxWith record lows on inventory, it will take some different skills if you are on the market for a home this spring. Thankfully, if you are in the market for a new abode, there are some great ways to get around the problems and beat the crowds of others who are finding a very different market from just a few years ago.

With more resources than ever before to help find your next home, it can be overwhelming to enter the market without knowing how to best use your tools. The experts at Equifax have a handy guide, though, in their new article, “

Buying a Home in an Inventory Drought.” Just some of the things they recommend are:

  • Hire the number one buyers’ agent in your market. Real estate agents specialize by territory and by skill set. To get deals and find a larger inventory, check to see if you can find one with specialization in short sales, foreclosures or distress sales. Realtors who are certified buyers’ agents can use the Accredited Buyers’ Agent designation (ABR), So be sure to look for that designation.
  • Go to open houses, so you can see homes and meet other agents active in your target area. Agents are often aware when homes are coming onto market, and may be able to tell about listings before they hit the Internet.

When it comes down to it, though, you need to start looking early, and look at a lot of homes. Be patient as more homes come onto the market. Keep looking for the right house until you find it, and don’t compromise by stretching yourself too far financially or not getting what your family needs. With all that in mind, you can be ready to succeed this spring. And, to succeed in your other financial efforts, be sure to check the Equifax Finance Blog for guides to retirement, businesses expenses, how to prevent

kinds of identity theft and more!

About The Author

Read All Stories By Mitch Levinson

Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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