Have low mortgage rates, a growing economy and rising home values left you thinking about buying your first house but you’re not quite sure where to start and what’s involved? If so, check out these 5 no-nonsense steps for buying your first house this year:
Step No. 1: Determine If You’re Ready for Your First House
Homeownership means being ready to take on maintenance responsibilities previously managed by landlords or associations such as leaks, chipped tile and yard maintenance. If you feel you’re ready, take a hard look at your finances and savings to determine whether now is the right time financially for you to buy your first house.
Tip: We invite you to attend one of our First-Time Home Financing Seminars to learn what’s involved in buying your first home and get the answers to all of your questions.
Step No. 2: Get Pre-Approved
Before beginning the search for your first house get pre-approved for a mortgage loan. You’ll find out how much home you can afford and show sellers you’re serious about buying their home – giving you negotiating power.
Step No. 3: Find a Local Expert
Finding the right real estate agent is crucial when buying your first house. Select an agent who has experience working with first-time home buyers and who is knowledgeable in the neighborhood you hope to call home. A good agent will work with you to find a home that fits your budget and checks off items on your must-have list.
Tip: Not sure where to begin looking for a local expert? We can help by connecting you with one of our preferred real estate agents who have been selected for their expertise in the communities they serve.
Step No. 4: Use Your Imagination
Look for a home with good bones, a floor plan you can live with and most importantly one that fits within your budget. Don’t let garish-colored walls, outdated flooring or an unfinished basement leave a bad impression. Simply, look past style flaws because walls can be painted, floors resurfaced and basements turned into beautiful entertainment niches with a little planning, budgeting and elbow grease.
Step No. 5: Calculate the Costs Before Signing On the Dotted Line
Before making an offer sit down with your agent and start adding up the costs like estimated mortgage payment, homeowners insurance, association dues, private mortgage insurance, property taxes, etc. to discover the real cost of owning that particular home.
Are you ready to get started? Schedule a free Home Loan Consultation to talk about your plans with one of our non-commissioned home loan experts who will meet with you, in person or over the phone. During your free consultation, they’ll help you find the right loan for financing your first house and introduce you to free home buying tools and resources – no pressure, no obligation.
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