Top Tips for First
Time Home Buyers:
Home Buying Advice that Helps Put You In a House
First time home buyers might feel better to know that they're not the only ones who feel confused about the home buying process. Nearly all home buyers feel the same way, even if they've bought a house in the past, because it's easy to forget the steps you took to get into a home once the event is behind you.
Get Prepped in Home Buying Basics
Before you begin, get educated about the home buying customs where you live. Relatives or friends who live in another state might have some good general advice for you, but chances are the process is very different in their area, so avoid the mistake of relying solely on their advice to make important decisions.
So How Do You Learn the Basics?
Talk to a real estate agent about the typical home buying scenario. This is not a meeting that should lead to an agreement for the agent to represent you. It's simply a general discussion about the real estate customs in your area. An agent who won't take fifteen minutes to help you understand what to expect when you're buying a home isn't much of an agent, so if the first few calls don't produce someone who will help, keep looking. If you don't want to talk with a real estate agent, how about a bank loan officer or mortgage broker? They look at home buying from a different perspective, but can usually give you a basic overview of the process.
Home Buying Questions to Ask
That's a good start. After you have the answers to those
questions, you'll have a better feeling for the basic customs in
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