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Great Resources for First Time Home Buyers

It’s an exciting experience buying your first home. It’s the culmination of years of planning, saving, and dreaming. But for all the excitement, buying your home can be nerve-racking and emotionally exhausting. Having great resources available can help make the process easier. Below we’ve listed just a few of these.

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2018 Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Looking to purchase your first home in 2018? If this year is the one in which you make the huge leap into home ownership, you can utilize the following tips to ensure your successful in choosing a home and obtaining a mortgage.

Finding A Home

  • Before you begin searching for a home make sure you obtain pre-approval. This will give you an idea of what your actual budget will be.
  • Create a helpful list prior to your search. If you are a couple, sit down together. Write down the things you absolutely must have in your home, and those things you would like but are willing to do without.
  • If you aren’t familiar with a neighborhood do a drive by at the busiest points of the week – such as a Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, or any day during rush hour. This will give you an idea of what to expect in terms of safety, busyness, and general life were you to choose that neighborhood.
  • Remember that asking prices are not definite. Many sellers are willing to take a little less, especially if the home has been on the market for a while. You may not get a $400K home for $75K, but you may be able to get it for $350K.

Obtaining A Mortgage

  • Have all of your paperwork gathered ahead of time. Make copies and place them in a folder for both the pre-approval and actual mortgage process. Paperwork should include your previous year’s taxes, at least three months of paystubs, photo ID, birth certificates, social security cards, and proof of income from any other sources.
  • Talk to your real estate agent about which programs you may qualify for. Many government-funded programs are available to help those with low credit, first time home buyers, or allow for lower down payments.
  • Ask your mortgage company whether there are fees for paying off your loan early or making early payments. If possible, opt for the one which does not penalize you. Paying off your mortgage as early as possible is always a promising idea.

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