9 Things Every First Time Home Buyer Needs to Know

By: Jashan Grewal

9 Things Every First Time Home Buyer Needs to Know


Buying a home is an exhilarating, exciting process even though there are many steps and factors to consider. Knowing what to expect, can make this journey easy. Here are some steps that can help you to prepare for home ownership. 

1. Cut unnecessary spending

Four-dollar lattes can quickly add up. Get serious about reducing expenses on carry-out food, restaurant meals, entertainment and new clothes. Make a realistic budget of how much you can afford to spend on costs that add up, such as eating out or shopping. When I bought my first home, I had to cut lot of extra spending to make my budget work out

2. Build a savings account

This is very important if you just started to think about buying your first home. Set up an automatic transfer to your savings account from each paycheck. You’ll need money for your down payment, and you may be responsible for closing costs on the loan. In addition to your mortgage payment, there will always be unexpected expenses and maintenance costs that come with owning a home. 

3. Review your credit report

Credit score is very important for loan approvals. If you have missed payments or maxed out credit cards, consider delaying the purchase of a home until you improve your credit score so you can qualify for a lower interest rate.

4. Buy within your financial comfort zone

Determine a price range that’s realistic for you by getting prequalified for a mortgage. By prequalifying  you will look at homes that are affordable and in your budget.

5. Make a list of priorities

Be honest with what is important to you. Is lack of public transportation a deal breaker? Do you want an older home to fix up or newer construction? Is the neighborhood walkable? Is the home energy-efficient?

6. Check out the neighborhood

Visit the neighborhood of your potential home at different times of the day to get a feel for what life is like there. Evaluate the condition of surrounding homes and access to your priorities, such as shopping, parks, schools or expressways.

7. Test-drive your commute

Try out your potential commute on more than one weekday. The longer your commute, the less likely you are to engage in community events, go for a workout or cook at home after work.

8. Know the pros

Who’s involved with home buying? Familiarize yourself with the key professionals involved in a real estate transaction.

9. Close on your new home

The closing occurs when all contractual conditions have been met and financing is in place. You will review and sign papers and ownership of the property will be transferred to you. Once the meeting is complete, it’s time to move into your new home.

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