6 Real Estate Questions Every First Time Buyer Should Ask

First-time homebuyers will usually choose a house before attempting to get financing. However, experts suggest that the opposite should happen. Your first contact should be to your bank. Furthermore, before you decide to call the lender, consider a few important factors first:
What can I afford?

What kind of budget are you going to be more comfortable? It can be difficult to determine an accurate budget and what you truly can afford to pay. A ratio to follow is to have one-fourth of your salary paying off your home loan
This total should be based on net income, or either 25 percent of earnings after taxes. Your lender will calculate by your gross income; somewhere between 25-35 percent is a safe place to start. Everything above the 35 percent range is considered a dangerous zone to be.

Over the 35 mark and you are likely to suffocate in payments. Have a grip on your financials prior to approaching your lender; and then you can borrow accordingly.

What will other expense be aside from the loan payment?
First-time homebuyers are inclined to miscalculate totals for the end purchase, as well as the maintenance cost of the home. It is imperative to have a detailed plan regarding your down-payment expenses and the closing costs of your new home. What will your out-of-pocket expenses be?

Consider using the calculators found on online realty sites. Make sure to include taxes, association dues, monthly utilities, and your mortgage and home insurance.

Lastly, include your utilities and tax expenses to avoid any bad surprises.

What kind of house and neighbor will benefit my needs?
Prepare a wish list for your potential house. What do you have to have and what can you live without? What hobbies and leisure activities do you want to do when you come home from work? Knowing what you would like to have available will help you in determining whether nearness to a fitness center, park or restaurants will matter.

Homebuyers should contemplate on how they will travel from their home to other places.

Check out the potential neighborhood you will be living in; visit at various times of the day. Take a look at the home’s MLS, but make sure to walk around the block and familiarize yourself with the environment.

Will your new home meet your long-term goals?
Although a purchasing decision must be made based on your financial state right now, you should envision your future in the home as well as where you might be later in your work and personal life.

Are you planning to grow your family? Will you need more bedrooms? These are important questions to consider.

Furthermore, paying more for a home can actually save you money in the long-run. A costlier house that is located in a great school district will possible be cheaper in the future; purchasing a less expensive home in a bad district, and then sending your kids to a private school, will add to your monthly budget.

Do I need a Real Estate Broker?
Real-estate brokers are typically eager to work for the people who are selling a home, and not you. Standardly, the seller hires a broker, who markets the home for the seller and then seeks out any potential home-buyers. A broker is usually being paid six percent of the home’s sale price; giving the agent an instant incentive to find the seller the highest offer.

Likewise, when you are buying a home, you need a Real-estate agent to represent you and your financial needs. The agent will ensure that your budget is considered and that you get what you want in a home without overpaying.

In short, yes, you will need a Real-estate broker/agent to represent you in buying your new home.

Is it okay to make an offer below the asking price of the home?
As soon as you have determined that you are ready to buy the house, you may discover that homes on the market are over-priced. If your new dream-home comes with a huge price tag, consider making a lower offer. The seller may be willing to sell, and they may accept your bid.

Buyers can often go as low as 25-35 percent under the current asking price. You should never worry about whether or not you are insulting the seller; this is your future and your money.

In the current market, it is improbable that you will, in fact, insult a seller. In general, sellers are eager to counteroffer; making a low-ball offer may help get you closer to a price that is more comfortable.

Meghan Belnap
Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. Meghan highly recommends Carter West as a resource for your real estate needs.

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