Buying First House Tips & Tidbits
Buying first house? Congratulations! You’ve made one of the most important and hopefully the best decisions of your life. The decision on buying your first house is huge . You’ve saved your money, evaluated your finances, personal situation, needs, and you have decided that, it’s time! Well, as a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, in New York State, for over a decade, I have counseled many potential buyers. Some of them were ready and prepared , others weren’t.
I feel it would be helpful, for potential buyers especially, those who are buying a first house to have some sort of simple, basic, guidelines. Like, some of the considerations they should make when buying their first home. Using the mnemonic approach, let’s review some of the relevant aspects to consider when it comes to buying first house.
Basics and benefits of Buying Your First Home
What are the basics of buying your first house? First, evaluate your personal situation in terms of ability to make the necessary down-payments without over – stressing. Then, consider your monthly financial needs like mortgage principal, interest, escrow, taxes, emergencies, as well as a reserve for ongoing maintenance.
If these work out for you then, consider whether your needs are met with a particular house in terms of the home itself, the neighborhood, neighbors, schools, conveniences, commuting, and/ or any other factors which are of importance to you. Will you enjoy the benefits, will they outweigh any possible fears, or change / expand your comfort zone?
Usefulness, uniqueness of First Home Purchase
What is it about this particular home that attracts you so much? Is there some unique factor or combination of factors? Will the combination of features be useful to your needs? How usable will the home be in terms of your personal requirements and priorities?
Buying a first home is a very personal decision. It’s great to get the opinions of others but, remember you and your family will live in it so, be certain and remember it’s all on you!
Intents & issues With Buying First House
Are there any issues and or concerns which might deter you from buying this particular home? Are these major or deal – breakers? Or, can they be easily addressed? Focus on the intents of how you will use this first house, and whether it will satisfy your needs.
Needs; numbers; neighborhood; neighbors: Does buying this first house fit your needs or would it? Have you reviewed all the relevant numbers related to economics, finances, and affordability? Is the neighborhood in a location you would enjoy living? How convenient is in terms of its location as it relates to transportation, commuting, schools, safety, etc? Before making your final decision make the effort to speak to some of the neighbors to see if you’d like them to be your neighbors.
Greater – good; guided: Do the pluses and / or assets far outweigh any negatives? Would you consider the purchase to be a greater – good? Have you looked extensively? Are you guided by a combination of needs as well as affordability and condition as indicated by a Home Inspector?
Buying a house for the first time is a great step forward especially when it’s done carefully and properly. Hopefully, these above considerations will assist you to make the best decision when buying your first house.