What to Know Before Buying Your First Home

What to Know Before Buying Your First Home
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Written by Eliza Picot

Because this is your first time buying, you may not know where to start this long and sometimes complicated process.

Buying a home is one of the most expensive purchases you will make in your life. With this being said, you want to make sure you’re well-informed on the ins and outs of buying a home.

From securing a mortgage to negotiating a fair price, there’s a lot you need to know before you sign the dotted line and move into your new abode.

Because this is your first time buying, you may not know where to start this long and sometimes complicated process. That’s where we come in to help. Today, we’re going to go over all there is to know before buying your first home. Take a look!

What to Know Before Buying Your First Home

1. Get Pre-Approved for a Loan

Before you begin searching for the home of your dreams, you need to make sure you have adequate funds to afford it. Most people don’t have $200,000 on hand to pay for a new house upfront. This means you most likely need a little help from a bank or lender.

To get the best mortgage rate, you’re going to need a good credit score to prove to your lender that you will be able to pay them back in full and on time. As a general rule of thumb, keep your credit score over 700. Anything lower may result in a loan with high-interest rates or no loan at all.

If your credit score is lower than 700 and you’re having trouble getting pre-approved for a loan, don’t fret. There are plenty of other ways you can still buy that house you want.

One way is by working with direct hard money lenders. A hard money loan is different from a regular mortgage in that the value of your home’s value is used as collateral, whereas a mortgage uses your assets as collateral if you default.

2. Create a Budget

Once you’ve been approved for a loan, it’s time to create a budget. There’s a lot more to home buying than just the property value. Other expenses you need to consider include:

If you’re worried about these costs, you may not be ready to purchase a home. Or, you may need to consider shopping for a more affordable home in a different area that has lower property taxes and less square feet to furnish.

3. Find a Realtor

With your budget in check, you’ll be able to find a realtor who will help you find the perfect home and negotiate a fair price. An agent who is well-versed in the area you’re looking in will be able to tell you about the characteristics of the neighborhood, what the schools are like, and the property value of other homes in the area so you don’t end up overpaying.

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Eliza Picot

Eliza P. hails from the East Coast but has found her true home in Denver, Colorado where she attended Johnson & Wales University. You can find her getting lost in the latest mystery novels, cuddling with ‘Pancakes’ the Persian longhair, and hiking all the gorgeous hiking trails that Denver has to offer.

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