Buying a home can be an intimidating process. With all the excitement most people feel when looking for a home to purchase, some can make mistakes. With some careful preparation your perfect new home may be just around the corner.
First, carefully examine your finances. Look at your total monthly income, your credit rating, and total monthly expenses. Keep in mind home ownership comes with a few added responsibilities over renting. Maintenance and upkeep can get expensive, and are costs in addition to the monthly payment. Decide how much you can easily afford in a monthly payment, and remember to have some money left over for savings.
The second step in buying a home is to shop around for the best loan. Contact several lenders and compare interest rates. This knowledge will be useful when negotiating the interest rate on your home loan. After you have financing secured, you can start house hunting, the fun part.
Now that you have financing and know about what you can safely afford to spend, decide what you want in a home. Begin by making a list of your must have features, want to have features, and must not have features. For instance, you decide you must have at least three bedrooms to have room for your family, a large kitchen, and fenced in back yard. A formal dining room would be nice, but is not necessary, and you would like to have a garden tub in the master suite, but could live without it. The home must not have electrical or plumbing problems, and needs to be ready to move into immediately. Looking at a two bedroom fixer upper would be a time and energy waste for you. If you find a fixer upper that is need of some work like drywall repair hiring a drywall contractor can make a room look brand new.
You know what you are and are not looking for in a home, look around. Look at several different areas for homes, chances are the first one you look at will not be the perfect fit. You can look online, at foreclosures, at real estate listings, in newspapers at for sale by owner properties, and with a local real estate agent. When you have found the perfect fit for your family and budget, make sure to thoroughly and carefully read all documents before closing. All parties involved need to understand the fine print of the sale contract.
Buying a new home in today’s real estate market can be a daunting task, but with a little preparation, and careful consideration to your needs, wants, and budget, the perfect home is only a short time away.