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VOL12ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUmE 12 — ISSUE 1 62 buying or building a hoMe landscaping, curtains, window coverings and the like that already come with pre-existing homes. Already having those in place can really amount to big savings. Buying a home can be equally as great for your checking account because you don't have to come up with as much cash immediately after purchasing your home. When you move into a house you've just built, you have to then pay for all of your appliances right away. However, when you buy a home, most appliances are already in place. You can choose gradually how and when to update things around the house ensuring your upfront costs don't negatively impact your wallet. As we said earlier, time is definitely on your side when you buy a pre-existing home. Once you've been approved by your lender, you can shop around, pick out a home, and make an offer. If you enlist the help of a professional real estate agent you'll find the perfect property quickly as the agent narrows down the properties to only those that meet your preferences, then guides you through negotiations, and finally assists with the paperwork. After your offer has been accepted, you can be in your house in as little as a month or two. Perhaps the greatest advantage to buying a pre- built home is the ability to visualize exactly what your home will look like. Being able to see a tangible "brick and mortar" floor plan will come in handy when you're figuring out where your furniture will go and what you'll need for your new home. So what's the downside for buying a home instead of building from scratch? Obviously no pre-existing home will be built to your specific tastes. No two of us are alike. No matter how much you love the property, there are always going to be things about it you that you would have done differently. Eventually, you probably will do things differently or change things up, which will cost you some extra cash down the road. If it happens to be an older home, it may have some quirks as well. Some older houses have lots of bedrooms but only one bathroom, while others have many very small clustered rooms instead of having a few very large open rooms. If you purchase an older home realize you may have to live with one bathroom at least until you can convert another space to a second bathroom. No matter whether you choose to build from the perfect floor plan or buy the "fixer-upper", once you've decided renting is passé, owning your own home is all that will fill the need for a "Home Sweet Home." []

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