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What You Need To Know Before Buying A Home Part Two

In our last installment we talked in depth about buying your first home.  With the excitement that surrounds this time in your life it is easy to overlook some of the most important areas surrounding home ownership.  Below are some questions you will want to ask yourself before committing to buying your first home.  The anticipation of owning a home can make even the most put together individual in a tail spin.

What do you expect for your future?

Although the future is unpredictable you need to think about it.  Envision your future; how will buying your first home be affected or affect this future?  Examine the prospective properties with the following things in mind:

  • Is there development coming to the area? New neighborhoods, shopping center and such can affect the traffic and value of the property.  Are these things you can live with?
  • What are the home values of the surrounding area? Are they increasing or decreasing?
  • Will the zoning laws affect your region?
  • Does the school district have a solid reputation?  Can you see your children attending the neighboring schools?

Anything that may affect your future should be at least considered when buying a new home.  If your job is one in which you see a transfer in your future is it safe to say that you will be able to sell the home without taking a loss or is it wiser to wait.

Where should you look to find a mortgage?

You will find that there are a ton of options when it comes to financing your first home.  It is almost impossible to research all of the options available on your own.  One of the best places to start looking into mortgage options is with a mortgage broker.  An experienced real estate agent will often have a recommendation for you in regards to a broker to work with.   After working within the industry for any length of time, realtors have invaluable connections and insight with mortgage brokers, contractors, home inspectors and more.

Will you need to take on any new debts?

Before you take on a mortgage payment consider how much debt you have now and any new future debts.  Will you need to buy a new car soon? Are you planning on starting a family?  Do you think you will be adopting a four legged companion when you move into your new house?  Do you have a nest egg set aside to handle these expenses without adding to any current debt?  Your debt to income ratio is one aspect of determining the mortgage amount you qualify for.  Not considering future debt could allow you to be qualified for more than you can comfortably take on.

Are the repairs needed in the home inspection?

No matter if you are buying your first home or last, a home inspection is a good idea.  In fact, in order for many mortgage companies to consider lending to you they will want to see a copy of the inspection.  After receiving a report from the inspectors do you need to re-figure your initial offer to take into account expensive repairs?  If the repairs to the home are non-negotiable will you have the funds to make the necessary repairs on the home while making the monthly mortgage payment?  If you will be struggling to make necessary repairs while keeping up with current bills you may want to reconsider purchasing this particular home.

Buying your first home is an experience unlike any other.  To make sure you are truly ready for everything that comes with the process of owning a home it is a good idea to ask yourself some tough questions, like the ones above and in our last installment.  Then and only then will you be sure that this step is one you are ready to take on.

Lady of the Lakes Real Estate is Livingston County’s premiere realtor; out of Pinckney, Michigan helping buyers buy and sellers sell homes that provide a recreational lifestyle including golf courses, lakes and the Huron river chain of lakes, throughout Brighton, Howell, Pinckney and the surrounding area. Find out more at http://www.ladyofthelakes.com.

What You Need To Know Before Buying A Home Part One

Are you tired of living in your parent’s basement?  Perhaps the current neighbors sound like a herd of elephants are crashing through your ceiling?  Whatever your reason, buying a new home can be a bit overwhelming.  Below you will find some questions you will want to consider before making the leap into homeownership for the first time.

Can you afford to buy a house right now?

Purchasing a home, especially for the first time requires a great deal of planning.  Without proper preparations you are willingly exposing yourself to unnecessary risks.  When buying a home you need to make sure that you are fully capable of affording all the aspects that come with it.  A good rule of thumb is to spend less than thirty percent of your monthly income on housing expenses.

You will want to remember to calculate the private mortgage insurance (PMI) into this figure.  PMI is charged when your down payment is less than twenty percent.  Certain mortgage options, such as FHA financing allow you to purchase a home with only three and half percent down.  In this case PMI is necessary.  PMI is the insurance that the mortgage company takes on your mortgage to cover the risk associated with small down payments.  To avoid paying the extra expense of PMI you will want to have a down payment of twenty percent or more.

Do you have time to shop for a house?

Buying a home takes time and patience.  You will not want to rush through the house-hunting process.  Take plenty of time to define what you want verse what you need in a home.  Work with a real estate agent that is familiar with the location you are hoping to buy.  Using a professional realtor can certainly help with the time strain that comes with looking for a new home.

Experienced agents know the ins and outs of the business.  They have connections throughout the industry and a real understanding about the market.  More often than not, experience allows agents to show you only homes within your specifications, thus not wasting your time one options that are not feasible.

In our next installment, we will look into more questions you need to ask yourself before buying your first home.  There are many aspects that are overlooked especially by first time home buyers.  Asking yourself these few questions can save you a lot of time, money and anguish.  Our next installment on buying your first home we will cover the future, mortgage options, debt and home inspections.

Lady of the Lakes Real Estate is Livingston County’s premiere realtor; out of Pinckney, Michigan helping buyers buy and sellers sell homes that provide a recreational lifestyle including golf courses, lakes and the Huron river chain of lakes, throughout Brighton, Howell, Pinckney and the surrounding area. Find out more at http://www.ladyofthelakes.com.