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Jean Massard, Vice President and Manager of the Burgdorff ERA Westfield office, recently explained that "Getting the best value for your money when buying a house isnt all that difficult. It really is just a matter of knowing how to go about it."
She advised that a good starting point is for people to write down everything they want in a house, including things like entertainment space, eating areas, room to grow, outdoor areas, location, garden space and, in general, to use their imagination.
The next step, she said, is to prioritize. She recommended that prospective homeowners organize their list by putting the essentials on an "A" list, and then separate the remainder into "B" and "C" lists. This way, Ms. Massard noted, they will be able to see what is really important to them.
"Youll also need to get a realistic idea of your buying power. You need to know how much of a down payment you can manage and also what your mortgage limit will be," she said.
"Once we know what you want and can afford, it doesnt take long to get a good idea of what you can expect to get for your money in our Westfield community."
When they find their dream house and the decision making process begins, prospective homeowners are urged to review their lists and compare. Most importantly, Ms. Massard recommends that individuals be honest with themselves.
When they find a residence that has most of their "A" list, a few of the "B" and perhaps a couple from the "C" list essentials, they are getting closer to becoming an owner and its time to make an offer, she said.
Founded in 1958, Burgdorff ERA has more than 600 sales associates, 32 offices across New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, and is the largest franchised brokerage firm of ERA Franchise Systems, Inc.
The worldwide ERA real estate network includes more than 2,600 independently-owned and operated brokerage offices with more than 27,000 brokers and sales associates in all 50 of the United States and 16 other countries.
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September 23, 1997
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