Smart Tips For First-Time Home Buyers

BY Allconnect Inc | Mon Nov 12, 2012

Smart Tips For First-Time Home BuyersFor couples who have just started with family life, buying a home is one of the most important and toughest decisions to make.

A home is an investment and any decision you make when choosing a house can definitely affect your family as well as your future finances. Buying a home is an investment that requires patience and planning and if you are not prepared for it, you may end up having problems.

For first-time buyers, it is definitely important to save money on mortgage while studying and weighing your options before you settle on a house. Many first-time buyers are often lured by sales talk and were not able to make wise decisions, only to suffer later with their payments.

Here are useful tips when buying a house:

  • Improve your credit score – A good credit standing is an indication of your financial stability and willingness to repay debt. For home buyers, this will give you an advantage since having a good credit score means lower interest or lower monthly payments.

Therefore before you make a housing loan, check on your credit score first and look for errors that may cause a denial of your loan then take the necessary steps to fix those errors immediately.

  • Make concessions – Home loan borrowers often pay big cash on closing costs or processing fees and charges associated with closing the home loan and many borrowers who are not ready for it are surprised to find out that they have to pay a large amount for that. As first-time borrower, try to anticipate such costs which are about 3 to 4 percent of the loan amount.

As much as possible, try to save some money for closing costs or negotiate with the seller for payment of some of the costs.

  • Think of alternative financing – As a first-time buyer, you can also look for alternatives to finance your down payment to a home loan.  You can save money by using the 80-10-10 scheme, which means you can pay a 10 percent down payment and gets a second loan to pay the remainder. In this way, you avoid a costly monthly add-on if you cannot afford the 20 percent of the purchase price.
  • Make extra payments if possible – You can also save time and money by paying extra mortgage payments each month or once a year which will help you cut down a substantial amount off the principal balance of your loan term.

And before you rush and commit yourself into buying a house, you also need to know if you can afford the monthly payments as well as the down payments.  Aside from the price, the condition of the house is another consideration.  Other factors such as the size of the house, comfort, design and architecture, and home amenities should also be considered.

If you think you are financially capable of buying your own house, the next thing you should do is find the right one. Choosing a home depends on needs, budget and personal taste.

When house-hunting, you have to view as many houses as possible to narrow down your choices. It would also help if you have information about the features and amenities that the houses can offer. So whether you are buying a single home, a condo or a luxury house, it helps to get the assistance of an experienced real estate company or agent.

A real estate agent can surely provide you with essential information regarding costs, location of the house and house features, which are important in making a decision on the choice of a house.  He/she may also offer you the various terms or plans of payment for your dream house.

This guest blog was provided by Scott Gordon Realty, the finest Palm Beach luxury real estate services, luxury rentals and condos for sale.

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