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First-Time Home Buyer? 5 Tips to Help You Through It

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 14 March 2018 15:47

Buying a home for the first time is a major step, and the process can be wrought with confusion and anxiety. Fortunately, doing some research ahead of time can help you know what to expect. For first-time home buyers, here are five tips to help you through the process.

Know What You’re Looking for

You are going to have a hard time finding a suitable home for your needs if you don’t know what you want. Before you begin the search process, make a list of all features you need to have, would like to have and do not want to have. This list will help you evaluate your options and give your real estate agent a crystal clear idea of what you are looking for.

Work with a Real Estate Agent

Someone who has not been through the home-buying process before should work with a real estate agent like Foxfire Realty, Inc. or someone similar. Real estate agents thoroughly know and understand local real estate markets, the home-buying process and relevant laws. Through their connections, they can also alert you to new properties coming up for sale so you can get an offer in quickly.

Have a Budget

The importance of your budget when buying a first home cannot be overstated. It’s not as simple as buying a house for as much as your loan allows. You need to take into account factors such as what would happen if you or your spouse lost a job, closing costs, property taxes and more when considering whether you can afford a home.


Willingness to negotiate can reward you with a much better price on a house as well as get issues addressed. For example, if an inspection turns up that the home needs a new roof, you should see if the seller will have the work done as a condition of the sale and subtract the cost from the value of the house. They may say no, but it’s worth trying, especially in a buyer’s market.

Know What’s Included in an Inspection

An inspection will likely be required before you buy the home. You should use this inspection to ensure there are no issues with the home you are not of the ability to fix. It’s important to know what the inspection will turn up and what it won’t. Hiring a private inspector who will be thorough and represent your interests may be the best course of action for a new homeowner.

These tips can help you become the proud owner of your first home without a headache. Do your research and familiarize yourself with the process before you begin. This will help get you through the process without major surprises.

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Kara Masterson

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. Kara is the youngest of four. She has two hilarious brothers and one beautiful sister. She also is the aunt of 4 crazy little girls that she loves more than anything!! Kara is not yet able to be a mom, but she loves being around kids and being like a second mom to her nieces. She dreams of the day that she can start her own little family.

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