Buying a home is a huge deal in anyone’s life. It is said to be one of the most stressful times in someone’s life. Here are some questions to ask to help you make an informed decision when it comes to buying a home.
Is now the time to buy a home?
Again this is one of the most important purchases a homeowner will ever make. Determining to take the leap of homeownership, is one of the most important financial decisions to make. Make sure your finances are in order before you decide to start your home search.
Are you ready to invest in a home?
A home is a wonderful investment, however, it is a big expensive one. Assess where you are in your life, is homeownership right for you? Make sure you want to stay in the home. Selling a house right after you purchase it will cost you a good bit of money.
Do you have a target home price?
Currently, we are in a seller’s market which means homes are going to have multiple bids and sell at higher asking prices. December 2021 reported the median home price in the country was up 15.1% higher than the same time last year. Before you start your search, find a number that you are comfortable with and stick with it.
Do you have enough savings?
Purchasing a home is not just paying the listing price. You need to have some savings not only set aside for any home updates or projects but also for other costs associated with purchasing a home. Here are some of the costs associated with buying a home. You will need 3-5% of the purchase price for a downpayment and money for closing costs and inspection fees.
Do you have credit concerns?
In order to obtain a mortgage, you will need a good credit score. By rule of thumb, anything under a 620 will not qualify. Anything between 620 – 740 will get you qualified but with a higher rate. Anything over a 740 will not only get you qualified but will get you the best available rates.
Do you have money allocated for unexpected costs?
Don’t get caught off guard by surprise costs through the process of buying a home. Remember inspections, insurance, taxes, and utilites. The more informed you are, the better decision you will make. Contact a Realtor who knows the process from start to finish.