What Buyers need to know, before purchasing a home!

Are You Ready to Be a Homeowner?

Buying a home is one of the most exciting events in your life and is likely to be the most expensive purchase that you will ever make. Before you make a commitment, make sure you are ready. 

 Avoid the pressure to buy a home that you cannot afford.  Here are some things to consider:

  • Are you ready to be a homeowner?  It is critical that you consider whether you have saved enough money to support a down payment in addition to your other debts.  You must have job stability and a steady income. 

  •  How long do you plan on living in your home?  Real estate is not always an investment.  No one can predict what will happen with your local housing investment.  If you plan to sell your home in the next few years, realize that the property may not increase substantially in value or may have actually lost value.  You may ultimately owe more to pay off your mortgage than your home will be worth. 

  • What is your estimated monthly payment for the home? In addition to the monthly payment for principal and interest, you will have to pay for taxes and insurance and possibly homeowner association dues.  If your down payment is less than 20%, your lender may require that you pay the additional expense for mortgage insurance. 

  • What are the other costs of owning a home?  Be realistic about the costs of owning a home like heating and cooling and other utilities.  You will generally need to budget for repairs and routine maintenance of your home, especially if you buy an older home. 

  • What can you afford?  Be confident that you can make the monthly payments.  Have a financial plan and make a budget. Do you have a steady source of reliable income to pay your mortgage should your interest rate increase in the future? Consider how many long-term debts you have such as car or student loans, as well as credit card bills. 

  • Have you talked with a housing counseling agency? The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) supports housing counseling agencies throughout the country that can provide free or low-cost advice.  You can search online at HUD's web site. http://www.hud.gov 

  • Mortgage Calculator; With the use of a mortgage calculator you will be able to calculate what your payment maybe based upon the various factors. 

After answering the questions above, call a One Stop Realtor to begin your search!!

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