Things to Look for in Buying a House
One of the biggest financial steps that you will ever make in your life is buying your first home and since it is an important decision to make, it is equally important that you take time to prepare for every aspect in the process of acquiring your first home.
When you desire to buy your first home, the first thing in mind and what you should do is determine if you are ready to buy a home, weighing down between what expenses will you be incurring when you own a home than just renting one, such as cost for repairs, utility costs, house taxes, insurance and searching to know exactly on the reason why it is time to buy a home, if the reason is valid or whimsical, and, most important, is your financial status, such that you have to be financially prepared with your savings, emergency fund, with no debts to pay, knowing your credit score status, so you can apply for a mortgage loan.
Survey for a house loan
Make time to survey on how to apply for a house loan by getting in touch with the following: a mortgage broker who can help you recommend on lending institutions, your local bank that can suggest the procedure in applying for a house loan, a credit union to help you know your credit score status, because, in this way, you are able to know first if you can qualify for a house loan, how much loan can you secure, which include the terms of payment that you have to be pay monthly, so that all these will help you to determine the price range of the house that you can afford to buy.
Look for a good realtor
When you have determined the amount of loan that you can secure to buy a home, your next step is to look for a competent realtor, who can offer you house options based on your specifications and can help you through the entire process of looking for the right home, including the procedures in owning a home; therefore, inquire from friends, search online for local realtors, come up with a listing and call them up, until you can conclude on a realtor who you are comfortable with.
Request for a home inspector
After making your home choice out of the lists of options given to you by your realtor, hire an independent home inspector who is able to properly appraise your chosen home on whatever existing problems that he can find, like presence of pests, molds, kinds of repairs to do, foundation problems so that when you are provided with the appraisal report, you can negotiate for a lower price to the home owner.
Take time to learn the escrow procedure
To protect the buyer, seller, and the lender, an escrow procedure is requested and in this process, the escrow holder makes it a point to ascertain that all documents, money and other pertinent information are all handed over before closing the house deal, therefore, take time and wait until the escrow procedure is done.