New Home Buyers Beware – Finding A Home Takes Time

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Kevin Hill REALTOR®, Luxury & Waterfront Specialist is here to guide you with the very important decision of purchasing property.

Buying a home is a significant life decision that requires careful planning and research. In today’s market, many first-time home buyers face challenges such as rising prices, inventory with high competition, and inflation.

Let’s review some tips that may help you navigate the process of buying your first home.

When starting the process of a new home purchase, it’s a good idea to look into first-time home buyer programs. Many lenders offer unique opportunities for first-time home buyers to quality for a mortgage, obtain a lower interest rate, or reduce the down payment. For example, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insures loans that require as little as a 3.5% down payment and have more lenient credit standards.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) also offer loans with no down payment requirement for eligible borrowers. Additionally, some states and local governments offer grants, tax credits, or other incentives for first-time buyers. You can check the HUD website for more information on these programs and determine your qualifications.

Before you start looking for homes, it’s essential to understand how much you can afford to spend. A common rule of thumb is to spend no more than 28% of your gross monthly income on housing expenses, including mortgage principal, interest, taxes, and insurance. Please note this may vary depending on your income, debt, savings, and other factors. You can use a mortgage calculator to estimate your monthly payments based on different loan amounts, interest rates, and terms. You should also factor in other expenses associated with homeownership, such as maintenance, repairs, utilities, and homeowner association fees.

Just like your parents used to say – it’s important to save! And when buying a home, make sure you have plenty of savings! A home purchase requires more than just a down payment. You must also pay closing costs, including fees charged by lenders, appraisers, inspectors, attorneys, and other parties involved. Closing costs typically range from 2% to 5% of the loan amount but vary depending on the location, type, and size of the property.

Additionally, try to shop around for the right mortgage lender. Not all lenders offer the same terms, rates, and mortgage fees. It is essential to compare different options and find the best deal for your situation. When starting the home purchase journey, start by getting preapproved by a lender. This process means they will check your credit, income, and assets and give you conditional approval for a specific loan amount. With pre-approval, it can help you narrow your home search and show sellers that you are a serious and qualified buyer. Remember, you may have to make multiple offers, face bidding wars, or deal with appraisal or inspection issues. By remaining flexible and patient the process can become an experience worth remembering.

Buying your first home in today’s market may seem daunting, but it is not impossible. By following these tips, you can emotionally prepare yourself for the journey. Remember too, that homeownership is not only a big responsibility, it can also be a rewarding experience that can provide you with stability, security, and satisfaction.

With more than 39 years of real estate knowledge, an expansive list of referral business, and happy clientele, Kevin R. Hill of Re/Max is committed to assisting clients in every facet of the home selling or buying experience, from first-time home buyers to seasoned long-term investors.

Ms. Hill has sold millions of dollars in real estate during her three decades of real estate service and, in 2019 was honored with the prestigious “Re/Max Circle of Legends award,” granted to professionals with more than 10 years of service and $10 million in commissions.

Call her today at 321.543.3649 or visit her portfolio of single-family homes here.