These are some great, practical tips on buying a home at a young age
Most people know that it takes a lot of preparation to be able to own your own home. It requires planning and research and isn’t something that can be rushed into! To make sure that you are as prepared as possible, check out this post by L Bee and the Money Tree at Financial Best Life. Here are just some of the things you need to get done before even thinking of buying a home:
-Build your wishlist! Know what you’re looking for. Location? Number of bedrooms? Neighborhood? Fenced in backyard? Garage?
-Get pre-qualified/pre-approved for a mortgage, shop around for the best interest rates.
-Include all fees/closing costs in your budget.
-Have all your financial documents together before applying.
So, you think you’re ready to buy a home! You have a steady job, you have a good amount saved for a down payment, and your credit score is good. You might even be ready to apply for mortgage pre-approval or to start looking for a Realtor. However, even if you’re very prepared, there are still some dire mistakes that may sink your prospects. If you want to be sure to be approved for a mortgage, check out this post by Sarah D’Hondt at the Lighter Side of Real Estate Blog for things to avoid:
-Not STAYING pre-approved- do not open any new lines of credit, make any late payments, or use a credit card.
-Dilly-Dallying- if you see a house you love, make an offer!
-Too low an offer
-Asking too much from the seller and nit-picking the inspection report.
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I love watching movies and TV shows about haunted houses and ghosts. Inevitably, in a lot of these movies, the previous home seller can get in trouble because they did not disclose to the buyer that the home was haunted, or that someone had previously died in the home. Now, in real life, that seems silly- right? Would you actually need to disclose that? Well, turns out that- yes! Depending on your state, you may need to tell the buyer if your home has experienced anything “paranormal.” To cover your tracks, check out this list of things to disclose by Bill Gassett at Max Real Estate Exposure:
-Haunted homes, murder or death on the property- depending on area
-Roof leaks, foundation cracks
-Lead based paint or other toxic materials present in home (asbestos, mold, radon, etc.)
-Any water damage
-Off site hazards (nearby hazardous waste plants, for example) and natural disasters in the area.