Looking to Buy Your First Home? Settle These Things First

Posted on Jul 3 2019 - 11:23am by Housecall

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By Meghan Belnap

Very few events in your life are going to be as exciting as purchasing a home, but first-time buyers need to remember that this process can be very complicated. Well before you make an offer on a home, you will need to carry out a few important tasks:

Narrow Down the Location

Finding a great neighborhood can be quite challenging, and you don't want to bid on a beautiful home in the wrong location. After you've narrowed your search to a few specific neighborhoods, you should try to visit those areas during different times of the day. You also need to speak with some of the homeowners and neighbors about the pros and cons of those areas.

Get Pre-Approved

Just about any lender that offers conventional mortgage services can pre-approve you for a mortgage loan. Once you've been approved, you will know exactly how much money you can offer and which price range you should be looking at. Many sellers are also very eager to work with buyers who have been pre-approved because closing will take just a fraction of the time. This also can help you avoid looking at homes that you know you won't be able to afford.

Write Out a List of Necessities

It might be tempting to look at luxurious homes with incredible upgrades, but the necessities should always come first. Some of the variables that you'll need to consider include the location of the home and the total number of bedrooms. You might also be interested in the age of the appliances. Buying a home with older appliances might be cheaper initially, but you could end up spending thousands to replace those gadgets in the coming years.

Establish a Moving Plan

Every step of your move doesn't need to be planned out before you make an offer, but there are a few considerations that you and your family will need to discuss. Some buyers decide to take one or more weeks off work, while others prefer to hire professionals who can do most of the hard labor. You must contact all of the utility companies, as well, to see if they offer any moving packages that allow you to quickly switch from one address to another.

Another vital step in this process is having the home inspected before you sign any paperwork. An experienced inspector will carefully look over every inch of the property and make sure that there are no dangerous issues that need to be addressed.

Profile-Pic-e1525445871683-1-1-1Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. Looking for mortgage services in the Phoenix area? Belnap recommends The Potempa Team.

3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Nancy Davis July 6, 2019 at 6:42 pm -

    I agree with the first three ; Narrowing down the location and getting pre-approved which is very important in order to purchase a home.I recommend when you find the right home offer should include a pre approval letter.
    As far as an inspection buyer should be in contract before doing an inspection. Per contract buyers and sellers then have a remedy period to either ask for repairs if needed. The inspection does not include cosmetic repairs.
    Also yes buyers can ask about roof, appliances & HVAC. when in contract & inspection will provide that information. If you want a brand new home then established homes are not avenue you should pursue.As a realtor it’s about location & areas you want for your family..
    That is my opinion.

  2. ANGELINE July 22, 2019 at 12:52 pm -

    … and a tag line on Nancy’s reply … a HOME INSPECTION should be on you NECESSITY list, even when buying NEW CONSTRUCTION !

  3. Bethany Nolan August 3, 2020 at 5:27 am -

    Pretty useful. I just sold my old home to this cash home buyer: https://easyhousebuying.co.uk and now I’m seeking for a bigger house to purchase. Thankfully, my best friend let me stay with her for a while until I found the perfect house. Will surely take note all of these. Thank you!