First-Time Home Buyer Tips – Mistakes to Avoid

PersonHouseImageKey.jpgBuying a home is a thrilling experience. Avoid these common mistakes when you are purchasing a home for the first time:

Not Understanding the Buying Process
Instead of jumping in and buying a home right away, it is best to first understand the entire home-buying process. When you make an offer on a home, it should be based on facts. Do not put faith in online value information. Talk to your real estate agent first before looking at homes.

Not Preparing To Buy A Home
In order to purchase a home, you need to save for a down payment, inspection, appraisal, closing costs as well as moving costs. Your debt-to-income ratio is one of the first things lenders look at when assessing how well you can afford mortgage payments.

Not Buying in the Right Location 
Location is one of the most important factors in buying a home. Some buyers make the mistake of finding a “dream” home in a location that is not well suited to their needs. Purchasing a home is a long-term commitment. It is best to determine a location first and then look for homes for sale in that area.

Not Budgeting Correctly
When buying a home you do not want to overextend your budget. You want your new home to be a joy and not a burden. Remember, in addition to what the home costs, there will be other recurring expenses such as property taxes, mortgage insurance, home maintenance, homeowner’s insurance and utilities.

Buying with Your Emotions
It is best to purchase a home based on facts and not emotions. In brisk real estate markets, it can be disheartening when you lose a home to someone who has made a stronger offer on a home. You need to focus on the fact that there will be another home for sale that meets your needs.

Long-Term Purchase
Buying a home is a long-term commitment and you cannot expect a home’s value to appreciate quickly in just a few years. Will you be happy in your home’s location years down the road? Will the size of the home you are purchasing meet your needs for years to come?

Skipping the Home Inspection
A professional home inspection is important. Your inspector can detect problems in the home that might be too costly for you to tackle. Your home is an investment and you want to make sure it is sound one.

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