Best Advice Given By Dad On Owning A Home

In honor of Fathers Day, we asked our team for memorable advice they received from their dad on owning or buying a home. Here are 10 pieces of advice that have stuck with their kids over the years.

 

  1. Go for a house that is LESS than what you can afford, this way you can pay it off early and fix it up how YOU like.

  2. Only mow the grass with a John Deere Tractor.

  3. Think of the future when buying a home, what’s in style now may not be in style in the future. Keeping it neutral will allow for an easier sale.

  4. Stay on TOP of home maintenance and cosmetic updates. Putting them off can lead to bigger problems and result in monumental costs.

  5. When searching for a home come up with a checklist of your needs, not your wants. This gives you more room for compromise and offers a bigger selection of homes for you to choose from.

  6. Always take care of your investment, what you put in you get out.

  7. Buy the lowest priced home in the best neighborhood you can afford. Your home value will have nowhere else to go but up.

  8. When tackling projects and renovations around the house remember one rule, “do it right or don’t do it at all.” It’s important to know what you can handle and when it’s time to call a professional.

  9.  Always have your own tools on hand, hammer and screwdrivers are necessities.

  10. Don’t overextend your budget. Basically meaning don’t break the bank every month over a mortgage payment. Just because you’re pre-approved for $300,000 doesn’t mean you can truly afford that.

 

Dads, we love you, we appreciate you, and just know we’ve been listening to you all these years.

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Ann Rudd

Ann is a 3rd generation real estate professional in her family and has inactive licenses in Maryland and Pennsylvania and is actively licensed in North and South Carolina. Seeing other members of her family help others achieve their home ownership dreams inspired her to become a real estate agent. Helping families is what her job is all about. Whether they are buying a larger home, downsizing, transitioning to a new town or neighborhood, Ann's mission is to make those transitions as smooth as possible.

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