3 Tips For First-Time Home Buyers

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What To Consider Before You Buy:

  • What kind of home are you looking for? A single family home, a townhouse, a condo, or a building with multiple units? Every type of property has its pros and cons. Therefore, it’s best to start by looking at what your homeowner goals are and choose a home that brings you closer to those goals.
  • What features are you hoping to have? While it’s not a good idea to be too particular about your first home, it is an investment and you deserve to be happy with what you decide on.
  • How much mortgage do you qualify for? Without knowing, you really have no business looking yet.

What To Expect During The Buying Process:

  • Find the home and look everywhere for it. Use all options that are present for you. You never know, you might stumble upon the home of your dreams.
  • Secure financing while still shopping around. Look at all the options and then choose which price is best.
  • Make an offer on the home you decide on. Use your real estate agent to help you do this. Usually there is some back-and-forth to this but it’s all part of the process.

What Happens After?:

  • Continue to develop your savings. Unanticipated costs occur and you do not want to be left with an unfortunate issue without the funds to fix it. Create an emergency fund for home expenses so you’re never left in a pinch.
  • Regularly maintain your home. It’s an investment and you want to make sure it stays in good condition. By staying up-to-date on the maintenance of your home, you cut other future costs you may come across.
  • Don’t worry too much about the housing market. What matters is how much the house is worth at the time of selling, and until then, there isn’t too much else you can do other than maintaining your home to make sure it can sell at top-value.