For Outdoor Enthusiasts
Mount Baldy, the highest peak, is laced with two seven-mile established trails—moderate hikes offering views of the Little Colorado River, lush meadows, and deep pine forests, before converging at an 11,200-foot saddle, just short of the summit. The final ascent is on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation and closed to non-tribal members.
Other peaks in the region beckon hikers, campers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. The three peaks at Sunrise Ski Park, which host more than 60 downhill ski runs, snowmobiling trails, cross-country skiing trails, a tubing hill, a zipline, chairlifts and so much more, will give you a day in the sun and an unparalleled family outing. There are dozens of locales for snow and water activities—both motorized and non-motorized—throughout the region. Tracks, trails, docks and staging areas are maintained seasonally to ensure visitors have safe access.
Be Prepared, Be Confident
With Cedar Ridge Real Estate at your side, you can approach the home-buying business intelligently and with confidence, and you will be much more likely to buy a house you’ll be proud to call home. Approaching the task of buying a home can be overwhelming. There’s so much to consider:
- How much can I afford to spend on a house?
- How can I find the best loan?
- Where will I come up with a down payment, and how much will I need?
- Should I buy a new or resale home, and which will go up in value?
- Should I work with an agent or look at homes on my own?
These questions are just the beginning. Buying a home is one of the largest financial transactions you’ll make in your lifetime, so make sure to do your research and guarantee you know what you’re doing!
Here are the two most important things to consider, no matter where you are on the road to home ownership:
1. You can and should understand everything that is happening in the home buying process.
There is nothing that is so complex that it can’t be easily explained to anyone with average intelligence. Just because you don’t apply for a thirty-year mortgage once a week doesn’t mean you have to take the first one that comes along. You’ll need to learn some new terms, apply some new concepts and take the time to understand what you’re getting into.
If, at any point, something happens that doesn’t make sense to you, simply demand a full and complete explanation. If it still doesn’t make sense, seek help from someone you trust like your CPA, your banker or maybe an online real estate columnist.
2. In the world of real estate sales, YOU are the most important person in the entire process.
It’s easy to think that everyone else carries more weight than you. The agent talks fast and has an answer for everything. The lender may decline your loan application, and on and on. But the truth is that you, the buyer, are the one person in the transaction that makes it all happen. If you decide not to buy, the entire process comes to a grinding halt.
So, flex your consumer muscle and take command of this process! Surround yourself with a team of professionals that you have confidence in and make them work for you. Approach home buying with intelligence and confidence, and by doing your homework, and you are more likely to buy a house you’re happy with, knowing you made the right