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Tips for First-Time Home Buyers in Las Vegas

So, you’ve decided to make your home in Las Vegas! Congratulations! Buying a home in Las Vegas, a fast-growing city, means you just might find the home of your dreams in a desert oasis. Buying a new home in Las Vegas, exciting as it is, also brings questions about the next moves you’ll have to make to become a responsible homeowner: When is the best time to move? How much should I spend? Where can I get the best bang for my buck in Las Vegas? All of these are the right questions that can help you to find a great home that’s a great fit. The city has plenty of opportunities for you to get out and have fun, whether you’re in Henderson, Spring Valley, Winchester, or North Las Vegas. The Strip and nightlife are as legendary as the world-class culinary culture of the city, but there are also plenty of local gems to explore, and you’ll even get the chance to hike a snow-drenched trail in cooler months. From outlet shopping to amusement parks, Las Vegas is as family-friendly as it is sexy and exciting. 

Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

Las Vegas Home Buyers

When choosing your new Las Vegas home, start by building your credit. If your credit is already good, that’s great! Save a little more for the biggest possible down payment, and you’ll thank yourself in a few years. If your credit could be better, consider contacting a credit counselor. There are several available venues and organizations that can help you with this. So long as the organization is accredited by either the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), or by the Financial Counseling Association of America (FCAA), you’re good to go. The accreditation organizations themselves are able to offer these services to you, as well.  Once you’ve been able to get in touch with a credit counselor, you may be advised to make sure that your spend at least one year paying your bills on-time and in full every time.  

One of the best ways to build your credit is also to open and maintain a line of credit. If your credit is below 600, you may have the option to open a secure credit card, which caps your spending limit at the amount for which the card is paid in advance. Whatever your strategy, while building your credit, start saving for a down payment. An experienced local real estate agent can help you establish a budget for your home, and you’ll usually want to pay 20% of the total cost of your home for the down payment.  

Once you’ve secured your down payment, the fun part starts! You’ll be making a list of the needs that you have for your new home, and you’ll be adding wants, too. Make sure you share all of this with your real estate agent, so that they will be on the lookout for properties that might fit your needs. You may be lucky enough to be able to find your perfect fit in Las Vegas, and find everything that you want and need, but it will take diligent searching, and an agent with a strong network. Even if you don’t find your dream home, having a list is essential to finding the next best thing. 

Budgeting is Important

Throughout the process, the most important tip to house hunting is bearing in mind your budget. Though people rarely buy homes whose mortgages they can’t afford, it is worth mentioning that having a mortgage that tips the scales, even a little bit, can bring an undue burden and stress. In fact, choosing a home out of budget will put you at risk for foreclosure in the future. Besides the fact that you don’t want to be stressed by a mortgage that you can barely afford, you always want to make sure that you have a little extra money in addition to the down payment. The home-buying process is one that often has hidden costs for which even your real estate agent can’t prepare you. Staying at or below your budget for your new home is the best thing that you can do for yourself and for your financial future when searching for a new home. 

Other Considerations

As you’re going down your list of needs and wants, stay in close contact with your Las Vegas real estate agent. Your real estate agent may have some suggestions for you as you’re looking. You may find everything you want in an older home, or even with a foreclosed property. Buying a foreclosed property, though, might have some financial strings attached. With good credit and connections to contactors, though, you will still be able to make the home that you want into the home that you need. 

Another important thing to do as you’re considering a new home is speaking with the neighbors in the neighborhood or on the block in which you’re interested. This is not, in any way, a requirement, but will give you a sense of the neighborhood’s character. If you can, take a drive through your desired neighborhood during a weeknight, and on a weekend night. If you like what you see, you’re in good shape in terms of a target area. 

If you’re someone who cares about the environment over everything else, you have options! You can absolutely purchase a new home with energy efficient windows and appliances. You could also consider purchasing a condo instead of a home. You could find a condo with all of the amenities of a single-family home in a traditional neighborhood. Choosing a condo over a single-family home in Las Vegas means that you’re saving energy and money on your heating, cooling, and electricity. If you’re using gas to cook, you’re even better off. Going eco-friendly means that you get more money for wine and cheese at the wonderful local Las Vegas delis. 

Call an Experienced Real Estate Agent

An experienced real estate agent can help you find a great home in Las Vegas, and save you time and stress. The price of an agent’s commission is absolutely worth the great service and ease of finding a new home through someone who knows the city well.

Ricki Irwin
Ricki Irwin
00:06 24 May 19
This was so easy Casey was very helpful and kept in contact through the entire process thank you again for everything. Highly recommend this company.
Lela Leedham
Lela Leedham
03:08 22 Feb 19
Great experience working with Casey and Ryan. We would recommend them anytime. They are very knowledgeable and very professional.
Emily Binder
Emily Binder
21:16 18 Feb 19
Jennifer Gibbs
Jennifer Gibbs
19:58 18 Feb 19
A very impressive operation. Very professional and knowledgeable. They follow up when they say they will. Very helpful Team. If you're looking for a fast and fair cash offer on your home, these are the guys to call!
Mario Elizondo
Mario Elizondo
19:58 18 Feb 19
Very professional and a pleasure to work with.
Danny O'Bannon
Danny O'Bannon
19:53 18 Feb 19
I called 5 different companies from google trying to find a company that would pay the most for my rental and their offer was higher than the others. Extremely streamlined process. Easiest transaction I’ve done
Ross Greene
Ross Greene
18:04 17 Feb 19
Ryan & Casey were great to work with! Absolute pro's in the business. I would definitely recommend them. If only I could give them more than 5 stars. Hope to work with them again soon! Thanks guys!
Pam Dickerson
Pam Dickerson
23:53 15 Feb 19
Excellent customer service! Helped us through the entire process. Highly recommend!
steve Balsacker
steve Balsacker
19:35 14 Feb 19
Me and my wife had gone through a divorce and we wanted a quick way to get rid of our property so we could just move on with our lives, Thankfully Ryan came in and helped us out, I didn't have the time to deal with the headache of people coming in and out as well as all the repairs that were needed. He gave me top dollar for my home and I was out in 7 days!
jason almeida
jason almeida
16:52 14 Feb 19
We have seen their signs around town and thought it was a scam, we decided to give them a call and I couldn't have been happier with our experience. They were professional and knowledgable, they paid for all closing costs and even helped with our family move. Great guys and great company! Thanks again!
Peter Floratos
Peter Floratos
04:51 14 Feb 19
This team handles their business right. They are a pleasure to work with.
Tyler Hubbs
Tyler Hubbs
04:38 14 Feb 19
Ryan and Casey treated me with patience and respect during the whole transaction! Very trustworthy and explained each and every question I had!! I would highly recommend We Buy Any Vegas House!!
Dennis Ripley
Dennis Ripley
03:55 14 Feb 19
Very professional and very knowledgeable from start to finish. They went above and beyond to help me find what I was looking for. I would definitely recommend them.
Avraham Metal
Avraham Metal
01:58 14 Feb 19
As a Real Estate Agent I have sold properties to Casey and his Team. They are men of their word and have never let me down.
Dena Shapiro
Dena Shapiro
01:29 14 Feb 19
What an AWESOME experience!! Casey and Ryan are THE BOMB!! They either answer their phone ALWAYS or respond within minutes. They originally called to see if I wanted to sell but I wasn't interested in selling. However, my neighbor had to sell immediately so I referred them to her, she accepted their offer & they closed escrow within weeks. It would've been A LOT sooner but there were delaying issues on the seller side. Anyways, they got it closed & EVERYONE is happy!! Thank you so much Casey & Ryan :). YOU'RE THE BEST!!!
Ron Lorenzo Woods
Ron Lorenzo Woods
00:51 14 Feb 19
Great team with quick and professional service!
karina giraldo
karina giraldo
00:36 14 Feb 19
Knowledgeable, fair, and professional. I loved working with Casey. I did my research before selecting a company, and I’m so happy I went with them!
Cody Raynoha
Cody Raynoha
00:27 14 Feb 19
Casey runs a great company that's honest, easy to deal with, and is always fair. I'd absolutely work with him again!
Whitney Carter
Whitney Carter
21:42 08 Feb 19
Grateful to have worked with such a great company! Long story, short they really did help me through a tough time. No need to get into details, but this company really knows what they are doing. Thank you for all of your help with my home. Highly HIGHLY recommend!
Alan Giblin
Alan Giblin
23:01 07 Feb 19
I was shocked when I heard that We Buy Any Vegas House could sell my house so fast without any fees or charges at all. Thanks again guys!
Crosbey Proffitt
Crosbey Proffitt
22:48 07 Feb 19
I started off using a realtor thinking that I would be able to sell my home fast, but that wasn’t the case. I ended up reaching out to different companies and I ended up finding We Buy Any Vegas House. They were on it the second I reached out to them and were able to sell my home fast!
Investors
Investors
18:59 07 Feb 19
I have been in Real Estate for many years, it’s so refreshing to meet such professional, kind people to work with. We Buy Any Vegas House has great employees who are responsive and get things done quick. You can tell they have a true passion for what they do. If you are looking to work with a great team and you want to sell your house quick, I highly recommend this group!
Scott Henry
Scott Henry
18:53 07 Feb 19
We Buy Any Vegas House truly is one of the most reliable companies I have worked with. You can really tell that Casey and Ryan really care about what they do and really want to make you feel comfortable in the process. Thank you for all your guys help!
Ashlyn Mazur
Ashlyn Mazur
21:26 02 Nov 18
Most professional real estate company I've ever worked with! Would for sure recommend them!
Ashley Thompson
Ashley Thompson
18:59 02 Nov 18
I called 3 different companies and Casey was the most responsive. His offer was higher than the other ones as well. I really liked that they were a local company and everyone who helped me in the process was great to work with!
Katrine Baker
Katrine Baker
18:39 02 Nov 18
My mom and I had to move out of our house pretty quickly due to her martial differences. They were honest and extremely professional during the process and we are forever grateful to have worked with such a great company! Highly recommend!
Gregory Mitchell
Gregory Mitchell
00:26 01 Nov 18
Unfortunately, I never thought I would see myself having to get rid of my home, especially in a fast time frame. However, life happens, and I needed to sell my home quickly due to a death in the family. I reached out to 4 companies in Las Vegas, and We Buy Any Vegas House not only was the most efficient, but the friendliest, most reasonable, and compassionate. The other 3 companies did not even compare. Casey and Ryan have gone above and beyond to make sure that this worked for me. They truly care about you, which means a lot especially during a tough time. They put in the effort to care about the client first, as well as my family during this tough time. I am so grateful to have found them, and to top it off, they bought my house and put cash in my pocket in 7 days. Would recommend to all! Use this company, you can't go wrong! Thanks to Casey, Ryan and John!
Samantha Bonneville
Samantha Bonneville
00:23 01 Nov 18
We buy any houses is one of the most honest companies I have worked with. They are always upfront with issues of the houses, honest with fees And closings. We have not had a bad experience after 10+ Transactions
Alyssa Trent
Alyssa Trent
23:08 31 Oct 18
I worked with them to help my Mom sell her house and they were so amazing!! They explained to us exactly how everything worked step by step. I called them on a Monday and they got us cash by Thursday. Casey is such a genuine person.
Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson
22:10 31 Oct 18
After a tenant trashed my rental property, I was faced with the decision of remodeling or selling the property in its current state. I called Casey and he walked me through the entire process, start to finish. After factoring in the amount of time and money the remodel would take, it was clear that selling to them was the best decision for me. Within a week of my first contact with Casey and his team, we closed on the property and I had cash in hand. I'll definitely be reaching out to them in the future. THANKS!!!
Corey Trent
Corey Trent
02:33 31 Oct 18
I reached out to Casey and Ryan when I needed to sell my house. They were very professional and helped me through this tough time. They were able to buy my house and close fast. What a great team they are! I would recommend them to anyone. Thanks again!
John Washington
John Washington
02:24 31 Oct 18
As a very skeptical person I always believe that my best interest is not priority when dealing with people that want my business. I cannot name the countless times that I have been burned. After looking to sell my house for a cash offer, I was called by a lot of investors, most of which had very little customer service. Several didn't return call when they said they would and then when they finally called me back, they got anger when I decided not to use their Services. From day one Ryan not only treated me like is #1 customer but also treated my whole family like long time friends. I most also state that his offer wasn't even the highest. I took the lower off with him due to the fact that he help with crucial tax situations that I needed taken care before receiving them money so it wouldn't bit me in the butt later. He answered every call before and after the process was completed. 99% of others wouldn't have even answered a text once they got the money. Could I have made a couple of thousand dollars more with someone else? Sure, but the peace of mind in knowing that it was done the right way by someone who actually was professional and care was more than worth it. Ryan has made a customer and friend for life.
Green Girl
Green Girl
00:00 31 Oct 18
I was in a really tough spot because my Husband was in the Hospital and had passed away. I was completely unready for this and had discovered that there would be considerable expenses!  I had received several letters from companies interested in the property on an "as is" basis.  Most had never got back to me after I called them or were too low of offers.  I put an inquiry in their website and was immediately contacted by the Owner who was able to come the very next day!  The entire process was easy and professional.  Thank you We Buy Any Vegas House!
Mike
Mike
23:37 30 Oct 18
Casey and Ryan were so helpful! I was was a week from being Foreclosed and they were able to get me cash in my account in 5 days! And even let me rent back until I was able to find a new home!
Karl Workman
Karl Workman
21:03 30 Oct 18
This company was not only the most professional real estate company i've dealt with, but they're the most reliable and respond quicker than most companies i've ever dealt with. They were fast, professional, and knowledgable in all aspects of our deal. Would and plan to recommend them to all of my friends and family! 10/10.
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