Home Buying Tips

Time to buy

By Marian Porter, Broker Associate

Are you considering buying a new home?
Consider these tips for buying a home will give you a kick-start:

Know What You Need Before You Start.

  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need?
  • What is the minimum square footage you need?
  • How is the location in proximity to your work?
  • Do you need to be in a specific school system?
  • List your “would be nice” items such as a bigger garage, media room, etc.
  • Drive neighborhoods to determine areas you like.

Things to do:

New Construction or Existing Market?

When searching for a home, one of the main things to consider is whether to buy New Construction or an Existing Market.
My philosophy with New vs. Existing is this:

  • Can you get a new construction for the same price in the same area you are looking?
  • If you can, you should consider new construction for the following reasons:
    • Energy Features – every day there are new energy features that will save you MONEY. Some examples are a radiant barrier and vinyl windows.
    • Upgrades – Every month, it seems, there is a new upgrade that is the “must-have”. Stainless Steel Appliances, rounded sheetrock corners, etc. If you don’t have them, it will hurt resale.
    • Room configuration – A media room and a study are now “must-haves”. A home ten years old won’t have this.
    • Other Benefits – You get to pick your own colors, make modifications, choose a builder reputation, and the home comes with a warranty.


Buying a home is a huge investment, financially and emotionally. You need the right real estate broker to help you with your next move. Contact me and let’s find out if we’re a “fit” for each other.

Marian Porter, Broker Associate
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About Marian Porter


Marian Porter, a Broker Associate, has been with North Point Realty since 2002. More than 90% of her business is from repeat and referral clients. Marian is very knowledgeable about the new construction process and she is comfortable with all price ranges.