The decision to buy a home is one of the most important but stressful decisions we ever make. Owning a home is a dream that most of us have had all our lives. What we don’t dream about though is the stress of the search and the hunt for a loan. Hopefully these tips will help you on your way.
Knowing what you can afford in monthly payments is very important when considering a real estate purchase. If you have a maximum monthly payment amount that you feel comfortable with, then you will eliminate the possibility of making yourself “house poor”, meaning that all of your income goes towards your housing payment, leaving you little extra money for fun or entertainment.
If possible, bring an experienced contractor with you when you view a property. They can help you estimate costs, and point out things which should be fixed by the previous owner prior to purchase. They can often spot potential problems that are easily missed by the untrained eye and save you money in the long run.
When dealing with a lender to finance a home purchase, make sure everything they have told you is written down in your contract before you sign it. In most cases, verbal contracts are worthless. Remember, if it’s not on the paper, it doesn’t count. Unscrupulous lenders may even switch out rates between what they tell you and what appears on the contract.
In the beginning stages of home buying, you will want to get pre-qualified for a home mortgage loan. This is really a simple, but valuable process. To obtain this pre-approval, a mortgage lender will review your personal income, savings, and monthly out-of-pocket expenses. By reviewing these numbers, the lender can calculate how much you can finance and how much the monthly payments will be for the loan.
Although buying a home can be a nerve wracking process, the end result of having the home that you have dreamed of makes the process worth it. Learn all you can about the process of buying real estate before you head out on your search. The more you know, the easier it will be.