It’s your first time buying a home. Your family and friends are encouraging you and you know in your own mind, just what you want, but how do you go about buying your first piece of real estate. What should you be looking for? What do the contract terms mean? What steps are taken from the time of signing contract to the time of settlement? Following are some helpful hints and tips to guide you on the journey.
The right time to buy a home is always now, provided you are prepared. Interest rates fluctuate and so does the market. Real estate purchases should always happen when you are ready, not when the stars are aligned. The time to purchase is when you have done your homework and found the home that makes you happy.
When you are in the market to buy a home, do not go looking at the houses that are on the top of your price range first. It is better to look at one in the lower end of your price range. The reason for this is that if you see the more expensive one first, you will always compare the other houses to it.
When making an offer to purchase a home, consider offering more “bottom line” money but ask the buyer to pay some of your fees or add in an insurance contract. This is because your offer sounds higher to the seller so they will be more likely to accept it; however, you still save money.
When looking to buy a home, consider waiting until the fall season. It is not during the peak market which allows you to make lower offers on a home because sellers are ready to unload before winter sets in and the market stalls completely. You may get the home that you did not think you could afford at just the right price.
When dealing with a lender to finance a home purchase, make sure everything they have told you is written down in your contract before you sign it. In most cases, verbal contracts are worthless. Remember, if it’s not on the paper, it doesn’t count. Unscrupulous lenders may even switch out rates between what they tell you and what appears on the contract.
When purchasing a house, it’s important to think about why the real estate in the area you’re looking in costs so little or so much. If you’re a bachelor without any plans to start a family, a town with excellent public schools will have much higher real estate values, and higher taxes, thus probably isn’t the best place to live.
When deciding on a home to buy, pay attention to the foundation and other structural components of the home. These things cost a lot of money to repair, so unless you are willing to invest time and a considerable amount of cash into the property, move on and look at other homes.
By using the guidelines in this article, the purchase of your first piece of real estate should be an exciting and rewarding experience. Never be afraid to seek professional assistance if you feel you need it and take your time to be sure that the right property is purchased. You will be joining the ranks of home owners in no time.