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.
When buying a home after a previous home has foreclosed, you may be asked for a larger down payment. In many cases this is usually around twenty percent. The larger a down payment you can put on a new home the lower the interest rate is going to be for your loan.
Consider buying a brand-new home in the fall. In many cases builders are beginning to discount their inventory and they may even offer some great incentives around September to make the sales that they need before the end of the year. Prices of these homes that do not sell in the fall will go back up in the spring.
If you are trying to sell your home at the same time that you are shopping for a new one, you may find some additional stresses that can be avoided with some planning. Your home may sell before you buy another so be sure to look into local short-term rental and storage options to insure that you will have options available if this should happen.
To save money when buying real estate you should look for an existing house. New construction is down but the builder still needs to make a profit which will limit how much they can negotiate the price. Someone reselling a home may have much more room to dicker.
Make sure when you are considering purchasing a home that you think that it is a home that you will be happy in for at least three to five years. It will take you that long to build up the equity in your home to recoup the money so you do not end up financially upside-down.
One important tip when it comes to real estate is to be sure to investigate the school district that the home falls within if you have kids or plan on having them. This is important because the quality of school districts may vary greatly from town to town. This may not seem important if you do not have kids yet, but will be extremely important to your peace of mind and your child’s education.
When you are buying real estate for cash you can eliminate certain closing costs but there are two you should not skip. One is an appraisal to make sure the value you are paying is right and title insurance to make sure there are no hidden liens that get uncovered later that you have to pay to be able to sell.
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.