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Some good questions to ask when buying a home

Some of these are marked with an *. We've included these in our catalog as search criteria. We encourage you to email us about the others. We want you to have the home you want! For a more detailed list, download our 8 page Home Inspection Checklist.

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  • What is most important to you? Urban, Suburban, Rural, View, Waterfront, Acreage, Golf Course

  • Schools - What are your specific needs?

  • Shopping - What are your special needs?

Time Frame

  • When do you want to move in?

  • Reasons for Moving?

Home Style *

  • Two Story, Split Level, Four Level Split, Ranch, Raised Ranch, Cabin, Lake Front, Townhouse, Victorian, Modular, Mobile Home, Cottage, Log, Colonial, Farm

Home Setting

  • Open, Private, Wooded, Sunny, Yard Size

Present Home

  • What do you value that you want to have in your next home?

  • What do you dislike in your present home?

  • Lifestyle - What recreational activities do you most enjoy?

  • Amenities - What special features do you desire?

Home Features

  • Age? ___ New ___ Pre-owned or Resale

  • # of Bedrooms? *

  • # of Baths? *

  • Types of other Rooms? (rec room, garage, ect.)

  • What the other rooms have? (type of flooring, fireplace, counter top types, ect.)

  • Parking requirements?

  • Special requirements, needs?


  • Price range: *

  • Pre-qualified? YES/NO

  • Pre-approved? YES/NO

  • Must you sell before purchasing? YES/NO

Down Payment Sources:

  • Bridge loan or equity loan

  • Savings

  • Stocks & bonds

  • Life Insurance

  • Gift funds

  • Company profit sharing/savings plan

  • IRA

  • Monthly payment you are comfortable with?
    (Current rule of thumb: The monthly payment and other debts should not be more than 36-38% of gross monthly income.)

Try our Online Mortgage Qualification Worksheet





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800 Fairmount Avenue, Jamestown, New York 14701
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