Buying a home (or indeed any kind of property) is a big decision – one of the biggest in the homeowner’s life. Getting onto the real estate market is not a step to take unprepared. Learning about the buying process well in advance can help buyers steer clear of pitfalls and secure themselves the very best deals.
When purchasing real estate, you should be realistic in thinking about your resale options. If you are not going to stay in the home for the duration of the mortgage, like many first time buyers tend not to do, then weigh the cost vs. resale of the property, so you have a clear idea of the life of the purchase.
Check with the local tax office to find out what square footage has been recorded for the home. Any work that has been completed without permits can lead to problems in the future for you. You will be required to make any changes or improvements to bring the work up to code.
When looking for financing, don’t be afraid to shop around. Different lenders may offer you different interest rates, or have other perks for specific buyers. Local credit unions especially may be able to offer you better rates than a national bank, if you already live or work in the area.
If you want to buy the right property, you need to make a few decisions before you even start looking. One of these decisions is the general location of the house. If you want to live near parks and away from the fast-paced, noisy, crime-ridden city, you need to move to a smaller village, to the outskirts of a town or to a rural area.
Real estate is still the best investment you can make. If you take out a loan to buy your home, you are earning interest in appreciation on someone else’s money. Even after you pay the mortgage and insurance, the government subsidizes that by taking it out of your income as a deduction.
Your decision to make an offer on a house should be based on a lot of factors. One of them is the Home Owner Association (HOA) fees. In some cases this is an insignificant amount, but sometimes the amount reaches the several hundred dollars level. You need to read all the disclosures your real estate agent gives you, and make sure you can still afford the monthly payment on your new home.
When selecting a real estate agent, don’t be afraid to interview multiple agents before selecting one. A home purchase is likely the biggest financial decision you’ll ever make, and you need to be comfortable with the agent helping you through that process. Make sure the agent fully understands your situation, your needs, and your desires.
Any one of these tips could be the key to finding a great house at an amazing price – or to avoiding over-paying for a disappointing home. Reading this article is just the beginning of the intelligent buyer’s real estate education. Research and learning should continue all the way through the buying process – a vital tip might come at just the right time.