Before Buying

Most homebuyers start their housing search online before contacting a real estate professional. With literally hundreds of websites to choose from, how do you know where to start? For a local search, check out The site is owned and operated by the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) so the data is updated and accurate.

If you are looking at property on other popular sites, be wary of their estimated home values. Montana is one of a few states in the country that does not allow public dissemination of the sales price of individual properties, making the calculations of these sites inaccurate. To be sure of the property’s true value, contact a REALTOR®

Ready to buy? Two of the most important things you should consider when purchasing a home are your lender and REALTOR®. Don’t be afraid to interview them, make sure they work the way you would prefer and can meet any deadlines that arise. Always ask for recommendations from friends or other real estate professionals. For example, although you’ll only use an agent once, your lender sees how they manage many transactions.

If you’re thinking about buying, Homeword, a local nonprofit,offers a great program, “Get Ready for Homeownership Training”. Not only will this course set you up to be ready for the challenges of home ownership, but also provides information on programs that may help with your down payment or loan type.