Are you taking the plunge for the first time and buying a house? If you are, enjoy the moment of your first home. It is exciting, nerve-wracking and rewarding all at one time. It is a proud moment when you receive the keys to your very first home.
But like with other significant purchases for the first time, there are things to know that you may not be aware of yet. Instead of learning the hard way for next time, why not prepare yourself for a smooth process the first time?
When you purchase a new home, whether it be your first time or your tenth time, there are lots of things to take into consideration. So here are a few things you should know before buying your first home.
Use a Realtor You Trust
When looking at your first home, it is beneficial to hire a realtor. Their job is to navigate you through the whole process – from finding houses to look at, negotiation a fair price to the final home inspection. It is easy to miss a lot of the required steps for purchasing a home which could come back and haunt you later on.
But the thing to remember with a realtor, they are a business too. That means they will be making money. Find a realtor that is trustworthy and has your interests in mind. If you find your realtor is not putting in the effort to find the perfect house for you, it is best to find someone else.
Look at First Time Homebuyer Guides
Buying your first home last year will be different than buying your first home this year. The market is always changing. Governments put in and take out different kinds of incentives. The bank will change the annual interest rate based on the economy’s performance. So keep this in mind while you browse the market. Take a look at this guide for Canadian homebuyers which has insights that apply everywhere.
Make Sure You Are Ready
It is easy to get ahead of the game and jump too quickly into purchasing your first home. Because of it being such an exciting time, you may want to rush in. The problem though, you may not be ready for it.
Things change once you buy a home. You now become responsible for the entire property. Unlike renting where you have to pay your rent and bills on time, and the landlord takes care of the rest, you as the homeowner are now responsible for anything that goes wrong on your property. It will also mean more money each month. Make sure to factor in property taxes, home insurance and any other monthly costs of owning a home to see if you are ready financially for the move.
Buying your first home should be an exciting time for you and anyone else involved in the process. So consider these three tips before you take the plunge. Do some research and see if it is a buyers’ market and that you have the financial stability to afford a home.