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10 Tips For First Time Home Buyers

If you’re going to buy your first home, there are a few things that you should be aware of before you purchase.

First, think about the monthly payment on your mortgage and then make sure that you have enough cash to cover it.

Second, you will need to seriously consider all of the fees that come with buying a home like property taxes, insurance and upkeep.

The following 10 tips for first-time home buyers will help you:

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Keep up with Finances

Keep-up-with Finances

First-time home buyers should keep up with their finances before purchasing a home because mortgages often have higher payments than renting per month. 

To reduce your monthly payments, you may be able to get a 15 or 30-year fixed mortgage.

Constant Communication


You should reach out to the lender with any concerns that you have during the process of purchasing a property such as home prices and interest rates. 

You can also talk with real estate agents about their experience in finding homes for clients.

Such as home buying tips, local communities and other valuable information.

Search for Properties Early


Start looking at properties as early as possible because you might find one that is in high demand. 

First-time home buyers often have a difficult time purchasing a property because they are competing with others who want to acquire the same house.

If you don’t find the right property and you don’t find any other properties that interest you, then you can delay your home purchase.

Check First Time Home Buyer Programs

Check-First-Time-Home-Buyer Programs

Many programs are set up to help first-time home buyers with various grants and funding alternatives for mortgages or even down payments on homes. 

First-time home buyer programs can make buying a house a lot easier, especially for people with bad credit.

Set Clear Goals First

Set-Clear-Goals First

Before you start looking at properties in the real estate market, you should set clear goals in terms of location and price range that is affordable to you. 

If you are flexible about your home buying requirements, then it will be easy to find a great property. 

However, you should be aware of the fact that some sellers may raise their prices because they think that if they ask for more, you will buy the property.

Funding Options


Don’t have enough money to purchase a house or to make your first home buying payments? 

First-time buyers can get a loan from sources such as banks, credit unions, federals agencies and state housing authorities. 

Home buyers are typically required to show proof of income, employment, credit reports and tax returns. 

They should also save money for their down payments on homes.

Don't Overlook Repairs

Don't-Overlook Repairs

Just because you’re buying a house doesn’t mean that it will be in perfect condition. 

First-time home buyers should check the property for any necessary repairs and hire a contractor if needed. 

You can do minor repairs on your own, but you know what they are soyou don’t get ripped off.

Especially by contractors who might charge more than they need to work.

Choose an Agent

Choose-an Agent

When you get a real estate agent, choose one who is experienced and can help you with the home buying process. 

First time home buyers should also consider what type of service that an agent offers. 

They should ask their agents about experience in buying houses.

Get Pre-Approved


You should get pre-approved for a mortgage before you start looking at properties because it can help with your home buying process.

Especially if there are multiple bids or offers on the property. 

First time home buyers should avoid paying an independent lender any fees up front.

Start Saving


It is important to start saving money and set aside funds to pay for the down payment and closing costs. 

First time home buyers should make sure that they are paying by check instead of cash because it will be easier to track expenses.

So you can see how much money you have left over for the down payment on your house. 

Home buyers who don’t have much money for a down payment on a house or who have bad credit can apply for a down payment assistance grant. 

First time home buyers who get these grants don’t need cash for their down payments and closing costs.

Start saving money for a down payment on your house by making sure you pay by check instead of cash.

So you know how much money you have left over or apply for a down payment assistance grant if needed.

Also check first time buyer programs, set clear goals for location and price range that is affordable to you.

Get pre-approved before looking at properties in order to avoid paying lenders any fees up front.

One last thing first time homeowners might overlook is repairs – make sure these minor fixes are done before signing contracts!

Help For First Time Home Buyers

First time home buyers can find it difficult to purchase property because they are competing with others who want the same house. 


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