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Home Buying Tips For First Time Buyer

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By : Eric Badgley    99 or more times read
Buying a home is always exciting, but it can also be stressful and exhausting if you are not prepared. Giving yourself time to take the necessary steps can make your home buying experience a fun and relaxing endeavor.

The first step in buying a new home is deciding on a realtor. It is extremely important to hire someone who knows what they are doing, especially when you are buying your first property. Look for a good realtor with lots of experience in the area that you are surveying. A realtor who knows the area can not only give you advice on your house but on the location and neighborhood you will be moving into. Interview a couple realtors before deciding on one; take time to get to know them a little bit since you will trust them with some big decisions.

Once you have a realtor, start looking into what type of house you want. Consider size, timeline, price, and location in all your decisions. You probably want a place that can be semi long term, so think about career, children and changes in your life while searching for your house. How big does your home need to be in order for your family to grow? What type of income will you be having over the next 10 years? Where will you be comfortable living, in the city or in the country? These are all questions to consider before you begin looking at listings.

Paying for your new home can become a stressful issue if you do not plan ahead. Hiring a mortgage broker to help you with your planning is always a good idea. Letting a professional look at your finances and guide you with your decisions usually sets you in a better situation down the road. Make sure that you understand all of the issues surrounding your loan. Donít be afraid to ask questions about any of the numerous papers you will be asked to review and sign. Make sure you get detailed answers about the amounts you will be expected to pay monthly and over the years. It is VERY important to be comfortable with your mortgage broker and be willing to spend a lot of time asking questions and reviewing options with them.

Once you have your team of professionals and your budget clear it is time to start shopping for homes. This is the fun part so donít be afraid to take your time and look at tons of places! Try to stay in price ranges and neighborhoods that you know you will be comfortable living in. Look at all types of homes. New homes and usually more expensive but come with warranties and usually have less repair problems than re-sale homes. Weigh your options and think about how much time, money and effort you are willing to put into home renovations. Always keep in mind the option of buying a lot to build on. This can be a little bit more time consuming, but if you finance it right you can have your perfect dream home for the same price you would be buying a re-sale property. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you love your home before you sign the papers.
This article was produced by Eric Badgley; with REMAX Bellingham specializing in Bellingham Real Estate.

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