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  • Tips for First-Time Home and Condo Buyers

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    April 17, 2016
    If you're a first-time home buyer, looking for a home can be a nerve-racking experience. It takes a lot of time and energy to find an affordable home that meets your needs and family's needs. Consider the following tips to take some of the stress out of the home-buying experience.

    The first step is to determine where you want to live. Are you looking for a large home in suburbs, or a condo in the city? You also need to consider your transportation options. Do you  have your own car, or do you rely on public transportation to get to work? If you have children, you'll want to research the local school system.

    Every home buyer should have a maximum budget. This is the maximum amount of money you can afford or are willing to pay for the property. Your budget should include the down payment, monthly mortgage payment, property tax and homeowner's insurance. You should also factor in additional service costs associated with home buying such as a mortgage application fee, home inspection fee and closing costs.

    Having a healthy credit rating will increase your chances of obtaining an attractive interest rate on a mortgage loan. Some mortgage lenders may reject your application outright due to a low credit rating.A Realtor will help you locate homes for sale that fit your style and budget.

    The right Realtor can also assist you throughout the property purchasing process such as making an offer, getting a loan and preparing the necessary paperwork. Additionally, a Realtor can advise you on any other issues that come up during the home-buying process.

    You should never buy a home without first having it inspected by a professional home inspector. Inspectors will check the structural integrity of the home, electrical wiring, utilities and asses the health of existing appliances, such as the water heater, refrigerator and HVAC system. Otherwise, your new home may come with expensive repairs.
    Elisa Salmeron
    ElisaSalmeron12@gmail.com, 786-344-7011
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