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When it comes time to buying your first home, make the process a little easier on yourself by letting us help you out! Searching for a home can be a long process if you don’t’ know where to start, so here is some advice to follow to get you started.

Start Online

These days, the Internet has so much information streaming from it, that it is more often than not the one place people choose to start from. With that being said, it can also be the most daunting because there is so much information on it! So if you are planning on starting online, check out search engines like DOMA Properties listing search to maximize efficiency and minimize time spent online.

Pinpoint a Price Range

The key to buying your first home is knowing what you can afford. Most first time buyers tend to underestimate market pricing, which is why knowing what you can get for your budget range is an important first step in the process. Get together a list of must-haves for your home. Start with main home features such as bedrooms and bathrooms. Then, consider prioritizing the other home features such as location, garage space, backyards, laundry hook-ups, pools & amenities, etc. This will not only help narrow down search results, but it will help to prioritize what is really important to you in a home given your budget.

Type of Property

If you do a random search for all the available listings in Long Beach, you will end up spending the entire day flipping through thousands and thousands of listings that may sometimes even be meaningless. Consider narrowing your search by figuring out what kind of property you want, whether its a Single Family Home, Condominium, or Income Property.

Location, Location, Location!

This will narrow down your search to make it manageable. If you have multiple areas you are searching in, consider searching under specific zip codes instead of a large map view that has thousands of different properties within it. If you are unfamiliar with the area or unsure what area to look in, contact one of our DOMA agents to help you look. We are experts in Long Beach Real Estate, and would love to help out!

Online searches can be extremely powerful if you have the right tools and know what you are looking for. Find your dream home with our help, visit us online, or stop by one of our two DOMA locations (401 Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach & 4913 E. 2nd Street in Belmont Shore).

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