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Tips in First Time Home Buying

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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
Buying a home can be a taxing job, even for those who have purchased and owned homes for several times, how much more for first time buyers. If you are buying a home for the first time and excited to plunge ahead, below are tips in helping you make the right decision.

  1. Try to compare the prices of similar homes in your area. You may research through the internet to get a good idea on the best homes for you. Many states and the local government have several websites where you can do your research. Researching on your won will make you more informed of the state of the real estate industry.

  2. Find home that are within your price range and be realistic on what you can afford. Try to look for homes that allow you to put a twenty-percent down payment. If you put less you will be required to pay for private mortgage insurance as protection for the lender in the event of default.

  3. Hunt for homes during winter or during the holidays because many people are uninterested in buying a home during at these times. You will be able to haggle on the asking price and find a wonderful bargain.

  4. Ascertain what your monthly housing expenses are which includes taxes and homeowner’s insurance. Use the MSN Real Estate calculator to get the amount to spend.

  5. Find a smaller mortgage company that provides personal service. You can find that they offer the best rates of interest and give excellent service compared to big companies. These smaller companies rely on word-of-mouth instead of advertising, so they are likely to be good to get more clients.

  6. Determine how much you will have to pay for the closing costs. Never neglect the upfront costs. The costs of closing includes settlement and title fees, taxes, origination fees charged by the lender and other prepaid items such as homeowner’s insurance and homeowner’s association fees.

  7. Look for several houses before you settle on one. Compare homes and ask to see them again to find out more details about them and look for items that you have overlooked during your first visit.

  8. Make sure to do a home inspection, most especially in a hot real estate market. While owing a home could overwhelm you, do not disregard the inspection that also serves as your real estate investment protection.

  9. Consult a reliable real estate agent in your area and determine the situation of the real estate in your locality. Find out if the prices will continue to fall and hit rock bottom or will soon rise.

Lastly, bear in mind that buying a home does not have to be frightening. It is actually exciting and fulfilling. Think about the good things that will come when you have surpassed the whole home purchase process. By following the tips above, you should be amply equipped to make it through the whole process intact. Consider the expense, effort and time of home ownership before you proceed.
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