How to Stay Stress-free When Buying a Home


Buying a home is an exciting milestone, but it can often feel overwhelming, disappointing and downright stressful! We’ve got a few tips to make your home buying experience as stress-free and relaxing as possible.

Educate Yourself

Doing your homework will pay off in the long run. Make sure you’re financially ready to buy a home and know how much you can afford by using the mortgage calculators in the ZipRealty Learning Center. Familiarize yourself with the basics of the home buying process and get tips for along the way by checking out our articles and blog posts.

If you have more specific questions, especially about a particular neighborhood, check out the ZipCommunity, an open forum where home buyers (as well as sellers) can post/respond to questions .   

Work With an Expert

Behind every great home buying experience is a great agent. A great agent knows all the ins and outs of buying and selling real estate, knows about your local market and property values, and knows how to put together a competitive offer that will catch a seller’s eye, especially in a hot market. Plus, your agent will be able to connect you with any other professionals you need, such as a home inspector or financial advisor.

Read ratings and review of real estate agents who are working in your area to find the agent who works best with your individual needs and your personality.

Take Advantage of Technology   

Searching for a home has never been easier. Between the advanced search tools on, our instant email notifications of new homes that match your criteria, and our super-slick free mobile app, you have a lot of great technology to help you find the home meant for you.

Everything is connected, so that you always have your saved searches and homes on all your devices, and you can take your home search to go and look for home where and when you want to.

Stay Positive 

Buying a home in a competitive real estate market can be tough. You may find the perfect home and make an offer, only to be beat out by another buyer who acted faster or bid higher. It’s important to stay positive and focused on your end goal, and let your agent guide you through the ups and downs.

Evaluate what you really need in a home, and think of ways you can be savvy and think outside the box in a hot market. Even if you encounter a few bumps and snags, soon enough you’ll get the keys to a home you love!

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