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Real Estate Tips to Consider if You Are Buying a Home for the First Time

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 12 December 2017 18:01

Buying a home can be a complicated decision considering all the hustles that come with the housing market's dynamics including interest rate fluctuations and getting the right home loan. Researching before buying a home is a welcome thought.


Get the Right Housing Loan


Getting the right loan for your specific circumstance is not easy. There are different types of loan options available in the market. The two major types are the fixed rate and the adjustable rate loan. Each one of these has their advantages and disadvantages. It is important you research and settle for the one that fits your financial position. You can also consider getting a conventional or a government home loan. First-time homeowners are lucky because government home loans are available to them and are easily accessible, especially to those with poor credit ratings. This is because the government pays for the deficit in case of a default.


Veterans who meet specific criteria can also get home loans quickly because of their service to the country. If you reside in a rural area, you can access the government loans through the USDA home loan products. First-time homeowners can get 100% financing on their homes as opposed to consequent homeowners.


Before talking to a financial institution to understand the details on financing, first access your credit score information. You can get your credit rating on websites such as Experian, Equifax, and the TransUnion. You get one free credit report annually. Any additional credit report will cost you extra.


Make Sure You Sign a Contract with an Agent


Verbal promises do not stand in the real estate industry. If you view a house and you can afford it, then you need to sign a contract with your agent. Verbal agreements are not enforceable, and if another person signs a contract for the sale of the house, ownership is transferred to them. Sales agents can be unscrupulous and will use your offer to increase the market value of the home so that they can fetch a higher price and get more returns from its sale.


Do not settle for one home when selecting from the homes available in the market. Get to view as many homes within your budget as you can. This will increase your chances of getting at least one of the houses you want in case your agent gives you false hope on another home. You should also be flexible with your purchase amount and let the seller know how high you are willing to go. This makes it easy for your agent to negotiate on your behalf. Once you are sure that you have found the right house, you can sign the purchase contract before hiring a moving company. Depending on where you’re moving to and from you can find moving companies to fit your needs. Obviously, if you are moving to or from Texas, for example, you would consider hiring Houston movers or movers from San Antonio. Same goes for those living in Southern California; experienced movers can be found anywhere.


What to Find Out before Owning a Home


The first thing you should know is your budget. You might have a dream home in mind, but you are unable to afford it. It is, therefore, more important to work with a budget than with a specific home or location in mind.


Once you have locked down the budget, you can know how much of your savings will go towards the down payment on the house. Although first-time home owners do get 100% financing, poor credit hampers buyers efforts of owning a home. You should also start saving for your housing loan sooner rather than later. Once you are ready to buy a house, have the down payment set and apply for the loan. Once you develop a budget, you can start house hunting. You might find that your dream home is within your budget or that you can stretch your finances a little bit to afford the house.


If you are planning on buying your first home, then you have made the right decision. Ensure you follow the tips given above for a pleasant experience. Remember to select a house that suits your preferences and most importantly, your budget.

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