So you want to buy a home? Let’s talk about 5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search….it’s totally worth the read, trust me.

In today’s real estate market, with low inventory dominating the conversation in many areas of the country, it can often be frustrating to be a homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. THANKFULLY, you don’t have to go it alone! And thankfully, unlike the rest of the country, Alamogordo and Otero County aren’t experiencing the inventory shortages. 

I want to help each and every buyer I work with ENJOY the process of buying a home. That’s why I personally go to great lengths to provide you with as much FREE and EDUCATIONAL content as I possibly can. Like they say, “Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est”….KNOWLEDGE ITSELF IS POWER.

Let’s get started……

#1 Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search

Step #1 in my 5 Tips for Starting Your Alamogordo Home Search is getting pre-approved for a loan.

One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search. Even in a market like Alamogordo and Otero County, that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is within your reach.

This step will also help you narrow your search based on your budget and won’t leave you disappointed if the home you tour, and love, ends up being outside your budget!

Feel free to check out a list of local lenders here on our website……or……give me a call and I’d be happy to provide you with additional options.

#2 Know the Difference Between Your ‘Must-Haves’ and ‘Would-Like-To-Haves’

Step #2 in my 5 Tips for Starting Your Alamogordo Home Search is getting identifying your Needs vs Wants.

Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen to be happy with your home choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Could the ‘man cave’ of your dreams be a future renovation project instead of a make-or-break right now?

Before you start your search, list all the features of a home you would like and then qualify them as ‘must-haves’, ‘should-haves’, or ‘absolute-wish list’ items. This will help keep you focused on what’s most important.

Being realistic about what you truly need in a home will help save a lot of disappointment and possible arguments with your spouse during your home search. So take the time to create a list and stick to it. You’ll be glad you did!

#3 Research and Choose Neighborhoods You Want to Live In

Step #3 in my 5 Tips for Starting Your Alamogordo Home Search is to find the neighborhood the best fits your needs.

Every neighborhood has its own charm. Before you commit to a home based solely on the house itself, I suggest you test-drive the area. Just like buying a car, you want to make sure that the area meets your needs for amenities, commute, school district, etc. and then spend a weekend exploring before you commit.

Alamogordo and Otero County offer neighborhoods with a city feel to those that provide “country living”. Below is a list of different neighborhoods and areas here in Alamogordo and Otero County that offer the city feel and country living experiences:


  • Granada Hills
  • Sun Streets
  • Cottonwood Heights
  • Mission Hills
  • Quail Hollow
  • Silverado
  • Golf Course
  • Mesa Verde
  • State Streets
  • College Streets


  • La Luz
  • Labrocita Canyon
  • Dog Canyon
  • High Rolls/Mountain Park
  • Tularosa

We are lucky to have such a plethora of neighborhoods and areas to choose from here in Alamogordo and Otero County. So take advantage and spend some time deciding what areas you could envision calling “home”.

#4 Pick a House Style You Love and Stick to It

Step #4 in my 5 Tips for Starting Your Alamogordo Home Search is determine what style of house you want.

Evaluate your family’s needs and settle on a style of home that would best serve those needs. Just because you’ve narrowed your search to a zip code, doesn’t mean that you need to tour every listing in that zip code.

Having a clear understanding of the type of home you want will help avoid wasted trips to properties that just don’t appeal to you. And it’ll save you from potentially missing out on a home that fits your style because someone else got to it first.

#5 Document Your Home Visits

Step #5 in my 5 Tips for Starting Your Alamogordo Home Search is be sure to document and take pictures of the homes you tour.

Once you start touring homes, the features of each individual home will start to blur together. I HIGHLY suggest keeping your camera handy and documenting what you love and don’t love about each property you visit. I’d even go as far as to suggest snapping a photo of the ‘for sale’ sign on the way into the property to help keep the listings divided in your photo gallery.

Making notes on the listing sheet as you tour the property will also help you remember what the photos mean, or what you were feeling while touring the home.

Bottom Line

Being prepared before you start your Alamogordo home search will not only give you a leg-up on other buyers, it will also make you more educated on the process. Which will lead to a FUN and ENJOYABLE home purchase.

So spend some time getting to know what you need in a home, what your budget is, where you want to live and what neighborhoods you like. You’ll thank yourself for taking the time to prepare for that home purchase. Now it’s time to GO FIND THAT DREAM HOME!!

If I can help answer any other questions you have, please get in-touch with me….I’m more than happy to help!




Nick is a husband, a real estate broker and investor, a friend, a foodie and lover of water (oceans/rivers/lakes). Born in Albuquerque, NM and raised in Alamogordo, NM he has a unique and interesting perspective on local real estate that he can’t wait to share with you. Nick resides in Alamogordo and enjoys getting to meet all the wonderful and vibrant people of Alamogordo and Otero County.