TOP TIPS FOR HOME BUYERS FROM A PRO
PURCHASING A HOME CAN BE OVERWHELMING
By Ashley Chorpenning
Purchasing a home can be overwhelming. There’s always the possibility of obstacles or unexpected expenses throughout the process. Whether you’re buying your first or fifth home, our experts have a few tips for homeowners:
- ESTABLISH A BUDGET FOR YOUR MORTGAGE
Your mortgage is a large portion of your monthly expenses. You want to be sure it’s factored into your current budget so you don’t break the bank.
- UNDERSTAND THE HIDDEN COSTS OF BUYING A HOME
Above the purchase price of the house, you have to pay additional fees including title insurance, mortgage insurance, legal fees, and more. Have your real estate agent estimate all of the additional costs before purchasing your home. This will give you a better idea of what to expect and what you can truly afford.
- WORK WITH A REALTOR YOU TRUST
Real estate agents help you search for homes, help you negotiate the final contract, and provide professional guidance for selecting a suitable home. Working with a real estate agent you trust can save you time and money.
- ALWAYS DO A HOME INSPECTION
Whether you’re purchasing a fixer-upper or a brand-new home, you need to be aware of any hidden problems. You can make your contract contingent upon passing the home inspection to provide yourself with some protection. Additionally, you may want to ask the seller to fix any problems that are discovered.
- TAKE A WALK IN YOUR NEW NEIGHBORHOOD
The best way to get to know your new neighborhood is to take a walk around the community. This will give you a feel for the noise, traffic, and neighbors you’ll encounter while living in your new home.
- THINK ABOUT THE RESALE VALUE OF YOUR HOME
Your home is an investment, you need to treat it like one. Make sure that other buyers will find it appealing in the future. In addition to ensuring the home’s systems are in good shape, you may also want to consider up-and-coming neighborhoods, good school districts, and family-friendly floor plans.
- WHEN PURCHASING A BRAND-NEW HOME, DO YOUR HOMEWORK
When builders are mass producing homes, they may cut corners. Make sure your builder is using quality materials so your home is built to last.
- UPDATE YOUR HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE
While finalizing the details of your new home, make sure you contact your insurance agent to update your homeowners insurance policy. This will help ensure your new home, and your possessions inside, are covered.
Purchasing a home doesn’t have to be a huge challenge, but you need to do your homework when making such a large investment. Do your research and work with the right people to ensure you find a home that’s suitable for your needs.
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