If your dream home is a home that is considered a luxury property, then you may think that you'll never obtain that dream because of the hefty price tag involved. Typically, luxury homes aren't just in great zip codes, but they also boast tons of unique features, good amenities, and a lot of square footage. What if there was a way that you could get a luxury home without having to pay top dollar for it? From using a local lender to buying a home that needs some updating, here are a few tips to follow on your real estate hunt. 

Use a Local Lender

For the most part, when you work with a local lender, they will be able to give you a lower interest rate than if you were to work with a large lender or bank. By having a lower interest rate, you won't just pay a lower amount every month for your mortgage, but you will pay a lower amount on your loan overall, which can make paying it off a lot easier. Oftentimes, too, if you don't have the best credit, a local lender may be able to offer you better deals than a big one. 

Buy a Smaller Luxury Home

When you buy a house, you are typically paying more money for more square footage, especially when it comes to luxury properties. If you want a luxury home that has all of the amenities and that is in a great neighborhood, you may want to consider sacrificing some square footage when you're buying. If you don't have a big family or if you are downsizing, then you won't need the extra square footage to begin with and you will be able to get everything else that's on your wish list. 

Buy a Home That Needs Updating

There are tons of luxury homes out there that were top of the line about ten years ago but that could use a little bit of updating these days. When you buy a home that's a little bit outdated but that is otherwise in good shape, you are going to save a lot more money than if you were to buy a luxury home that was recently remodeled or built. Remember that if you buy a luxury property at a good price that needs to be remodeled, you may end up having some extra money to remodel the house after you move in. 

To learn more about buying luxury homes, contact a real estate agent.