Before you start your search, it is crucial that you get an insight into your financial possibilities. Visit the bank in advance to find out what your purchase limit is. This way you immediately get an idea of the amount you can borrow. But not only is that an important factor. Your own contribution and duration of the loan also influence the final amount. In you will experience the best choices with the houses.

Think about the ideal location

In the decision process of all buyers, the location weighs for more than 60% of all aspects. So more than the condition and layout of the building, it is logical because with the house as a buyer you can do your own thing. You cannot change the location afterward. Test where you want to live. Are peace and nature important to you? Or are you a city person who enjoys a pleasant bustle and the proximity of shops and restaurants?

Search for the best within your budget

Searching online is a good start, but a real estate agent can also help you find your ideal home. You can leave a search on most websites of a real estate office so that you are informed of the houses that meet your predefined search criteria.

Tell it around

Let friends and family search for your dream home. Or would you prefer an apartment with a nice sun terrace? Are you a handy harry and looking for a renovation building or a nice plot of building land? We know us and so you might come across something that is not yet available on the market. Spread the word.

Visit the property

Visit as many homes as possible to make a good comparison. Don’t get overwhelmed by the seller, but critically evaluate the property. Be sure to take this checklist to hand when you go house hunting. It is of course more than technical requirements. That’s why you should visit the property more than once. Stop by at different times.

Always take someone else on a 2nd visit who inspects the house with a different look and who preferably also has technical baggage, someone who is, therefore, able to detect any defects.

Explore the neighborhood

Be sure to talk to the closest neighbors. They know the neighborhood like no other and can point you to disadvantages of the environment and your future home. Is there anything that causes noise or odor nuisance? Does the region suffer from flooding? Find out if there are schools, public transport, shops, leisure options, walking and cycling routes nearby. What about accessibility and parking?

Make an offer

Completely collapsed for your dream house? Then the serious work is coming. If you know through the exploratory conversation with the bank how far your budget extends, you can now place a bid. You can make an offer yourself, but you can also leave it to a buying agent.

Choose the style of your house

The Fleming turns out to be an outsider when it comes to architectural styles. Almost half of the Walloons opt for a uniform neighborhood and building style. The Fleming prefers to do his own thing: about 75% of the respondents attach little or no importance to an equal image.

More than 60% of those involved in Walloon are willing to adapt their new-build home to the neighborhood. In Flanders that is only 20%. The question is whether the same Fleming is happy when his neighbors do architectural experiments.