Real Estate By Karen Lippoldt Karen Lippoldt  - Real Estate Consultant

10 Steps To Consider Before Buying A Home

Buying your first home can and should be a fun, exciting experience. It probably will be the single largest investment you ever make. For this reason, it is important to be involved and informed. Use the series of steps below to make your home buying experience smooth and enjoyable.
Your credit reports are an ongoing look at how you manage your finances. You must know exactly what your credit reports say about your financial history before you apply for a mortgage, because the reports play an important role in the mortgage approval process and in determining the interest rate and other loan terms that a lender offers you.
Finding the right loan and lender is crucial to your home buying success. It's up to you to determine which lender is best for your needs, and it's always a good idea to have at least a bit of background about the loan process before you talk to a lender.
Buying a home isn't as difficult as you might think, even if you're short on funds, but the process will go a lot smoother if you get familiar with your real estate market and narrow down your wants and needs before you start looking at houses.
Karen can provide you multiple listing sheets to study or internet access to the MLS. I'm sure you'll also pick up house for sale magazines and read classified ads in your local newspapers. You'll probably spend time surfing the Internet for homes. You might even plan afternoon drives to preview neighborhoods. Those are all excellent ways to see what's available.
Once you have narrowed down your search the next step is to tour the properties and review / take notes. When your finished, which could take days or weeks, it best to review the properties of interest for their pros & cons and also consider location of furniture within the house.
The process of making an offer and negotiating the terms of the contract can be challenging at times. It's best to work with a seasoned area professional such as Karen to ensure you are properly represented.
Home inspections are essential, but not required, in providing the buyer with an overview of safety issues and/or problems with the house prior to purchase. This is your opportunity to ensure is the house is in sound working condition before moving in. Any safety issues must be resolved before closing. Additional tests such as a Radon test are common with homes with basements.
Most of your home buying problems are behind you now and you're on your way to closing, the event that transfers ownership of the property to you. Once the the closing is complete, keys are transferred to you and are the new homeowners.


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Last Updated: July 31, 2016