Buying a house requires a lot of time and effort, below are some tips that can help make the home buying process manageable and help you make the best decisions possible.
Narrow your search
Start by setting up a search on Zillow by typing in your preferred city or neighborhood. Then filter the results by identifying the key elements you’re looking for:
Listing type: Do you want homes sold by an agent or by an owner? New construction? Foreclosures or houses coming on the market soon? All of the above? We also show you relevant houses that have recently sold and for how much. Only interested in homes with open houses? There’s an option for that, too.
Any price: This filter lets you set minimum and maximum prices for your search so Zillow can find what’s in your price range. And there’s an easy calculator to help you figure out what you can afford.
Number of bedrooms: Looking for a studio, a manse with more than six bedrooms or anything in between? Zillow will show you what’s available.
Home type: Are you hunting for a house, a condo or co-op, or a townhome? Or are you looking for a lot where you can build a unique home? You can pick any or see them all if you want to keep all your options open.
More: You also can narrow your search by number of bathrooms, the home’s square footage, lot size, the minimum and maximum age of the home and how long it has been on Zillow. Plus you can add keywords like “view,” “waterfront” or “pool” to target features that are important to you.
You’ll see a map with pins on for-sale homes that meet your criteria. Click on a pin to see more details of each home. When you find one you love, you can “save” them so they’re easily findable when you log into your Zillow account.