Buying your First Home

A successful home buying experience can be wonderful and exciting. Getting the details right will make the experience go smoothly.

So, you’re thinking of buying your first home? Congrats! Becoming a homeowner is something many aspire to in their lives. A successful home buying experience can be wonderful and exciting. Getting the details right will make the experience go smoothly. It may seem complicated at first but with the right help, you can be on your way to finding your dream home.

Here are some tips that will help you navigate the process and make smart choices.

Start Early

Once you know you want to purchase a home, it is important to start planning early. Starting early means figuring out exactly what you want out of a home. Looking into and knowing the area you want to move to is a great place to start. Planning early also means saving your money for any unexpected costs. Make sure you decide any features you want, don’t want, and any home features that you are willing to change your mind on. Put together a list of questions you have for the process. Having all the information together early on will help you make decisions that won’t leave you with buyer’s guilt.

Get Help

Getting the help you need in order to buy your first home is vital. Real Estate Agents are a helpful resource in the process. You can take your requirements and particular “must haves” to them and they can do the big work of finding homes that meet those requirements. Agents do not require a direct, upfront payment from the buyer when helping you buy a home. Depending on the final agreement, the seller may end up paying that portion. Real Estate agents can also refer you to mortgage loan companies, deal with inspections, and help you negotiate the home price. Be sure to keep a list of questions ready for your agent so you know everything you can about the process.

Know Your Money Options

Buying a home for the first time is a big, yet exciting, personal investment. While your monthly payments will potentially be less than rent, it is still important to make sure you are ready for this step financially. Knowing your financing options will put you in a good position to make the best choice for yourself. Indiana offers different assistance and loan options for first time homebuyers. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for loans that will make it possible for you to purchase the home of your choice in a way that fits your personal, financial needs. If you need help going through that process and getting your financial ducks in a row, contact a Mary Rigg Financial Coach to help guide the process.

Starting early, getting help, and knowing your options can make the process of becoming a first-time homebuyer a good experience. The perfect home and neighborhood is waiting for you. With the right support, you can find it and make it your own. Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center offers financial coaching that will help you prepare to take this big step.