Tips for Buying & Selling

Rules for Buyers

  1. Stay put. Commit yourself to your new home for a few years before planning your next move.
  2. Money matters. If you are considering a mortgage, shore up your credit and get a copy of all your reports. 
  3. Get pre-approved. Know what you can afford before you start searching the market. Be sure to explore different loan options in order to determine what is best for you. 
  4. Decide what (and where) you want to be. Prioritize your list of must-haves (i.e., location, schools, and local amenities). 
  5. Do the homework. Make offers based on sales trends to similar homes in similarly situated neighborhoods. 
  6. Calculate hidden costs. Property taxes, insurance, maintenance and association fees will impact your budget over time.
  7. Be advised. Consider hiring a local Montana realtor in order to get the most out of your money – it pays to have someone looking after your best interests.