10 Things to Prepare for When Buying a Home for the First Time

It’s always good to be prepared! Here are some elements that make up the beginning of a smooth and successful home purchase.

#1 – The Down Payment

Be sure to have a down payment. Many first-time home buyer programs allow for a lower down payment than the average buyer. Talk to your mortgage rep about these programs to find out how much you will need.

#2 – The Real Estate Agent

A trusted real estate agent can help you through every step of the process. It’s important to work with someone you know you can trust.

#3 – The Real Estate Attorney

A real estate attorney can answer your questions about the technical side of buying a home. They will be your lifeline during the closing process.

#4 – Mortgage Pre-Approval

A pre-approval is crucial for knowing what you can afford and what you’ll be approved for. The pre-approval will give your price range so your real estate agent can begin finding houses for you to see.

#5 – The House Search Checklist

You’ll need to determine what you do and don’t want in a new home. The more specific you are, the easier it will be for your agent to find you homes in your price range.

#6 – Understand The Possibility of Many Offers

Although your first offer on a property can work out, be aware that you may need to make several offers on several properties before one is accepted.

#7 – The Waiting

This is not supposed to be a quick process! Waiting is normal. While you wait, your real estate agent, mortgage rep, and real estate attorney are usually working hard to make sure your transaction goes smoothly!

#8 – The Closing

All the legal documents will be transferred and signed during a real estate closing, making the house officially yours. Consult with your real estate attorney before the closing to ensure they have everything they need.

#9  -The Paperwork

Be prepared for paperwork and to save ALL important documents.

#10 – The Extra Expenses

Besides the home cost, be sure to budget for moving expenses, new furniture, and anything else you’ll need as you settle into your new home.

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