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5 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

posted by Stephen Katz @ 5:00 PM
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

If you’re a first-time homebuyer, looking for a home can be an exhausting experience. It takes a lot of time and energy to find an affordable home that meets your needs. Consider the following tips to take some of the stress out of the home-buying experience.

1.Location and Type of Home

The first step is to decide what area you want to live in. Are you looking for a large home in suburbs, or a condo in the city? You also need to consider your transportation options. Do you have your own car, or do you rely on public transportation to get to work? If you have children, you’ll want to check into the local school system.

2. Determine your Budget

Every homebuyer should have a maximum budget. This is the maximum amount of money you can afford or are willing to pay for the property. Your budget should include the down payment, monthly mortgage payment, property tax and homeowner’s insurance. You should also factor in additional service costs associated with home buying such as a mortgage application fee, home inspection fee and closing costs.

3. Check your Credit Rating

Having a strong credit rating will increase your chances of obtaining an attractive interest rate on a loan. Some mortgage lenders may not accept your application outright due to a low credit rating.


4. Work With a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent will help you locate homes for sale that fit your style and budget. The right agent will also assist you throughout the property purchasing process such as making an offer and preparing the necessary paperwork. Additionally, real estate agents can advise you on any other issues that may come up during the home-buying process.

5. Get the Home Inspected!

You should never buy a home without first having it inspected by a professional home inspector. Inspectors will check the structural integrity of the home, wiring, utilities and assess the health of existing appliances, such as the water heater, refrigerator, microwave and HVAC system. Otherwise, your new home may come with expensive repairs or problems that could have been avoided.

Stephen Katz

(770) 309-0939 (direct) or (866) 742-8400 -- For the past 18 years, Stephen Katz has built a successful business almost entirely on referrals. As your mortgage consultant throughout the home loan process, Stephen will explain the pros and cons of all available mortgage programs and help you choose the financing option that is best suited to your needs. Throughout the loan process, he will keep you informed and will respond quickly to your requests with answers and solutions. Consistently a top producer, Stephen is a Mortgage Bankers Association "Diamond" Award winner, a Georgia Mortgage "Top Gun" and has closed almost half a billion dollars in loans. Put his knowledge and experience to work for you!

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