Schools are important
Even if you don't have kids yet or don't plan on having kids ever, schools in the neighborhood are important to consider when buying a home. A good school district can help maintain home values and boost resale opportunities. It usually brings with it higher taxes, which go partially to the school district. Do your research to determine if buying in a good school district is worth it for your household.
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Get pre-approval to know your limits
Understanding the maximum mortgage amount that you can afford helps tremendously during your home search. It'll save you from looking at homes (and potentially getting your hopes up) that aren't within your means. And don't forget, fixer-uppers are cool, too, if you're into DIY! Click here for some must-know tips for DIY home improvements.
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