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Tips for Buying Your New Home in Today's Market

Buying Your First Home

November 30, 2023

Over the past few years, the real estate market has undergone significant changes. With the shortage of available housing, the need for new construction, and fluctuations in interest rates, buyers, both new and experienced, have had to navigate a complex landscape.

We understand that searching for the perfect home in the Richmond real estate market can be overwhelming. That's why we're here to help! Here are our top tips to guide you through the process and make it a little easier:

Tip #1: Start with Getting Pre-Qualified

The most crucial first step in getting your new home is to get pre-qualified for your mortgage. We always recommend you do this at the time you start your new home search so that when you find the right one, you are ready to move forward as soon as possible.

To get your pre-qualification, you’ll need to provide your W-2s, paystubs, bank statements, and some form of identification, like a driver’s license. The specific list of documents will depend on your personal financial situation and your lender’s requirements.

Once you've completed the pre-qualification process, make sure to obtain a pre-qualification letter. It's highly unlikely that a seller would consider your offer without one unless it's an all-cash deal. By obtaining a pre-qualification letter, you'll have a better understanding of your budget, making it easier to search for homes that fit within your price range.

Tip #2: Start Your Search Online

Whether you're looking for a place locally or moving from out-of-state, get ahead of the game with these technology tips.

You’ve probably already checked out resale or new construction homes on popular websites like Zillow, but there's more you can do to find your dream home. For example, if you're interested in new construction homes, why not take a peek at the builder's website? You can familiarize yourself with floor plans, community amenities, design features, photos, and videos of the homes and communities.

And if you're moving from out-of-state, it's important to do some research on the area you want to live in. Consider aspects like the school district, nearby restaurants, recreational activities, and access to highways. That way, when you start your search, you'll know the area you're looking in is one you'll love.

Tip #3: Choose Your Team Wisely

Buying a home is truly a team sport. A homebuyer typically has a team consisting of their realtor, a Sales Representative if you’re opting for a new construction home, lenders, closing attorneys, and more. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure the team you’re picking for your homebuying journey is an ideal fit for you.

Take, for example, StyleCrat’s Preferred Lending team — each of our three Preferred Lenders has an unparalleled depth of understanding of not only the larger real estate market but the Richmond market specifically. From their creative loan programs to their constant communication with you and our StyleCraft team, they will ensure you’ll Live Up your new, ideal home even in today’s crazy market.

Tip #4: Stay Patient

Navigating the real estate market can be challenging, especially with the limited inventory of resale homes. It's important to stay patient throughout the process, even though it's easier said than done. Patience is key to finding the home that is the perfect fit for you.

Sure, there’s no such thing as a perfect home. You may walk into the first home you buy, have your must-have list, and after touring more homes, discover that some are not a “must have” but rather a “nice to have.” Staying patient will help ensure you keep that top of mind as you are exploring future homes. And even though you don’t have the negotiations and low inventory to deal with when it comes to new construction, there are definitely instances where patience pays off. For example, if you have your heart set on a specific homesite, make sure you stay connected to our New Home Sales Consultant to learn about release dates and stay patient during the process.

Tip #5: Keep Your Goal Within Focus

We get it, searching for your new home, closing the deal, and getting moved in can be a daunting experience. The process of finding a new home, closing the deal, and moving in can be overwhelming. However, it is important to keep your end goal in mind. Imagine your family Living Up in your new home, celebrating holidays, and milestones, and making cherished memories every day. With StyleCraft new construction homes, achieving this goal is even easier. Our Project Managers and New Home Sales Consultants will keep you updated every week from the contract signing to the closing, making sure that your new home is progressing as planned and your long-term goal remains in focus.

While the homebuying, building, and ownership experience looks different for every person
and every family, these tips will help no matter what your journey looks like. And, if you’re ready to start looking for a new home in Richmond, VA, StyleCraft's in-demand communities across the Greater Richmond area are waiting to welcome you home. Visit to get started.